According to press reports, members of a Facebook group titled “Marines United,” which appears to be primarily made up of more than 30,000 active duty and former Marines, posted photos of female Marines in various states of undress, while other members of the group added harassing or offensive comments to accompany the photos.
Members of the group posted harassing or offensive comments, and some of the victims were identified by their name, rank, and military unit.“The allegations are disturbing, and if true, represent instances of blatant sexual harassment that degrades and demeans women service members, undermines unit cohesion, and is inconsistent with the core values of the Marine Corps,” wrote Senator Collins.
“One Marine, whose photos appeared multiple times on the ‘Marines United’ page without her consent, said ‘Even if I could, I’m never reenlisting…Being sexually harassed online ruined the Marine Corps for me and the experience.’”“Just as important, however, is ensuring that the Department of Defense helps to foster an environment of zero-tolerance for this sort of behavior,” Senator Collins continued.
“Please provide me with regular status updates on the conduct of the current NCIS investigation, as well as a list of actions the Department and Marine Corps will take to protect the victims of this online community and ensure the culture of our military will not condone this sort of behavior again.”I am concerned by recent press reports that some Marines have posted naked and compromising photos of their fellow service members on social media without their consent.
"I felt like my privacy had been taken away from me," former Private Kally Wayne said.
"Having to go through being harassed for every day of my life for the past year, because of a mistake I made four years ago, is not anything anyone deserves to go through."Wayne accuses her ex-boyfriend, also a Marine, of sharing a private tape they made together.