A nude photo scandal has shaken the four military branches. Servicemen from each branch of the military have been caught sharing nude photos of their female counterparts online.
While initially the scandal was focused solely on the Marines, when current and former Marines were caught sharing the nude photo of a female soldier, further investigations revealed that members of the other military branches were involved in the circulation of hundreds of nude photos. In response to these revelations, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) issued an investigation and has encouraged people to come forward.
The male servicemen used pictures from the social media pages of female personnel, and would then post their pictures on an anonymous website. These men would ask other members for naked pictures of these women, referring to the explicit images as “wins”. In some instances, those posting would also include the names and personal information of the unsuspecting women, including where they were stationed.
Marines United, a Facebook group with over 30,000 members consisting of retired and active duty Marines, was shut down in light of the scandal. Despite closing the page, the spread of nude photos through other pages is still a considerable threat. A member of the Marines was observed asking for other “blue falcon free groups” (in military slang, a “blue falcon” is what many colloquially know as a “snitch” or “rat”).
Pentagon chief James Matthis released a statement during which he spoke on the scandal.
“We will not excuse or tolerate such behavior if we are to uphold our values and maintain our ability to defeat the enemy on the battlefield”. Matthis said.
The US Department of Defense is developing a “new comprehensive workplace harassment prevention and response policy”. These changes will work on preventing and dealing with issues such as sexual harassment and hazing.