Washington: The controversy surrounding the female Marines nude photo scandal is not going to die down anytime soon. While more women, impacted by the scandal, are coming forward to recount the tales of horror that they have suffered over the years and in recent times, the photo sharing seems to be going on unchecked on the social media.
Meanwhile Marine Corps has released social media guidelines for the Marines and top officials have been asked to educate marines under them about such rules. The top Marine Corps leadership has said that the officials should teach their subordinates about the psychological and mental toll such actions take on not just a female marine, but also her entire family.
During a Senate hearing, top Marines Corpse leadership came under severe criticism from many. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand while criticizing Gen. Robert Neller said, “I have to say when you say to us it’s got to be different, that rings hollow…I don’t know what you mean when you say that. Why does it have to different? Because you, all of a sudden, feel it has to be different? Who has been held accountable? … Who has been held responsible? Have you actually investigated and found guilty anybody?
If that was not enough, she, according to the Hill went on to add, “If we can’t crack Facebook, how are we supposed to be able to confront Russian aggression and cyber hacking throughout our military? It is a serious problem when we have members of our military denigrating female Marines who will give their life to this country in the way they have with no response from leadership. I can tell you your answers today are unsatisfactory. They do not go far enough.”
Meanwhile, Marine Corps veteran Erin Kirk-Cuomo has also criticized the handling of the issue. The founder of Not In My Marine Corps, a group of active duty, retired and veteran Marines and civilians says she gets frustrated hearing it referred to in the news as a “nude photo scandal”.
Kirk-Cuomo, according to the WTop, believes that Watching General Neller was vague during the testimony. She believes it showed a lack of understanding of the issues and their full extent. “I really don’t think that’s an excuse we should be hearing from the commandant of the Marine Corps,” she went on to add.