The Center for Investigative Reporting, in partnership with The War Horse, revealed that “possibly thousands” of naked photographs were taken of female service members without their knowledge or consent. The Center reports:
Since Jan. 30, more than two dozen women – many on active duty, including officers and enlisted service members – have been identified by their rank, full name and military duty station in photographs posted and linked to from a private Facebook page.
The secret Facebook group, dubbed “Marines United,” had nearly 30,000 followers. It attracted a barrage of lewd comments—as many as 2,500 (many of which were posted using soldiers’ personal accounts).
The page admins reportedly used a Google Drive to store the photos, which included the women’s full name, rank and military duty station.
On Sunday, the U.S. Marines tweeted a link to its statement: