"As General Neller said in his recent Message to the Force, the Marine Corps" success in battle depends on trust, mutual respect, and teamwork.'The Marine Corps takes every allegation of misconduct seriously'.
Speaking at a Pentagon news conference, Mattis condemned what he called "unacceptable" behavior, as the department opened an investigation into the secret Facebook page Marines United, on which current and former Marines shared images of their female colleagues, veterans and other women. In 2013, California Representative Jackie Speier wrote in a press release about a similar Marines Facebook group called "F'N Wook".
A veteran who was responsible for first posting a link to the photos on Google Drive was sacked from his position as a government contractor.
"I am disheartened and disgusted with this scandal", said Butner, who served for four years until June 2016. In the news pieces it said that there were google drives of the pictures.
'I believe this is a start to a better and safer marine corps, ' she told the Times. These photos were posted on February 16, two weeks after the linking accounts were shut down.
The new groups and outlets for disseminating the photos appear to be an act of retaliation, with a few members mocking or egging on the investigators.
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"The purported actions of civilian and military personnel on social media websites, including some associated with the Marines United group and possibly others, represent egregious violations of the fundamental values we uphold at the Department of Defense", Mattis said in the statement. Users asked for specific photos of female Marines by name via Anon-IB.
The webpage Just the Tip, of the Spear, an unofficial Marine Facebook page that has always been seen as the trailblazer for this type of harassment, addressed the scandal Thursday by reading a prepared statement on its radio show. Statements made by the media, "The group was shut down with hours, ' and 'The pictures have been removed"...bwahahahahahaha.
Members of the group have struck a defiant tone in their postings, Task & Purpose reported.
According to CNN, members of the group responded excitedly to being outed, some posting more nude images mocking the investigation, and others advised to not admit to anything.
Erika Butner, a former Marine radio operator whose nude photos were shared on the site in question, says she was disgusted when she found out and encourages others to speak out.
Organisations that fight against online sexual exploitation note that many states do not have any so-called "revenge porn" laws and when they do, they are not necessarily strong. It's now illegal to share revenge porn in 34 states, and under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which governs the Marines.