All branches of United States military reportedly involved in nude-photo sharing

Attorney Gloria Allred represents two female United States Marines active duty Marine Marisa Woytek and former Marine Erika Butner during a press conference in Los Angeles.  REUTERS  Mike Blake

All branches of United States military reportedly involved in nude-photo sharing

On Monday, news broke that the Department of Defense is investigating hundreds of Marines for their possible involvement in a Facebook group called "Marines United", a secret page where male marines shared thousands of nude photos of female military members.

The Marine Corps veteran who first reported the scandal is now receiving death threats.

Neller said Friday that less than 10 victims have officially come forward to the Marines, though he acknowledged The War Horse reported about 30 victims. He also acknowledged that he is aware of other sites sharing the photos in the wake of the Marines United's site shutdown. At the time, the Marine Corps did little to curb the behavior promoted on the site. And I don't know what else they've got to do.

2003 - Sexual assault scandals stained the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and its San Antonio recruit training depot nine years later.

"I'm not going to speculate - there are probably others out there". The military's honor requires more than that.

The task force will also look at whether victims are provided appropriate support and services, as well as whether there needs to be changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, he added. "But there are many others involved who might not be able to be prosecuted for any crimes".

"I felt like my privacy had been taken away from me", Wayne said.

Prior to 2013, just three states had "revenge porn" laws.

Military officials can use general bad conduct language in the UCMJ to attempt to send those individuals to prison, but Christensen called it a less-than-certain legal strategy. "So instead I'm going to be up on Capitol Hill".

Donations will go toward identified charities like Headstrong, which she said have been of great service to women in the military and veterans who continue to struggle with mental health issues and the military-to-civilian transition. Her legislation would force their hand.

Erika Butner, a Marine who left the service recently, told American Military News that "this scandal has never been a new incident within the military, but I am glad it is finally getting the recognition it deserves". "And women, they did their thing".

A former Marine and an active-duty Marine say their photographs were secretly posted online without their consent along with nude photos of other women.

But Christensen said prosecutions under that article can prove hard, especially since military leaders haven't specified this type of online activity as a crime in the past.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) has launched an investigation and has asked whistleblowers to come forward with information. Navy officials have said they can not comment on an ongoing investigation.

Allred would not comment on whether she would seek criminal charges.

"It's embarrassing to our Corps, to our families and to the nation", Gen. Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, said.

"I need their help", Neller said.

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