Washington: The marine photo scandal is thought to be much bigger than initially thought and it reportedly impacts almost all sections of the US armed forces.
There were reports that a Facebook page that was created to share photos of female marines and was limited to the members of the US marine corps had been shut down. But apparently, the ban too hasn’t deterred the marines from sharing such pictures.
A CNN report says that the Facebook group, with around 30,000 members, seems to have shifted to a new group and the members are being redirected to new pages. This means that the racket is rather very organized. The CNN report claims that the new Facebook group is called Marines United 2, or MU2.
The problem is haunting a large number of people. Reports suggest that many victims are scared to step out of their homes. A report in MarineCropsTimes recounts the story of a woman Kelsie Stone who was previously in a relationship with Marine boyfriend last year.
Their relation ended last year. But it caused a major storm in her life that has badly impacted her mentally. “…one of her friends sent her screenshots of photos of her without her clothes on that her ex had allegedly posted on the Facebook page “Marines United,”…Stone, a civilian who works as a bartender in a town with a lot of Marines, now says she is scared to be in public because people come up to her to talk about the revealing pictures, which she sent to her boyfriend privately while they were dating, she said”.
The marines not just posted nude pictures about female marines and their spouses, but also passed very condemnable sexual comments. Reports suggest that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service has said it’s investigating and set up a number to accept text tips on who has been posting the photos.
Former Marine and journalist, former Marine Sgt. James La Porta’s reports have come as a shock to many. LaPorta said he spoke to two female Marines who called the images and comments “unreal” and “disgusting.” They felt betrayed, he said. “How am I supposed to lead my Marines when something as uncontrollable as my gender is what limits me?” LaPorta recalled one of the women, an officer, saying.