The Marines United revenge porn scandal has now widened to gay porn sites
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The ongoing Marines United scandal, in which a Facebook group viewed by some 30,000 service members was allegedly used to post nude and sexually explicit photos of women in both civilian and military life without their consent, has reportedly widened in scope to include investigations into content posted on gay porn sites, according to a USA Today report.
Previously, the investigation had centered specifically around the distribution of violating images of women, but now it’s reportedly spreading out to similar images of male service members naked or engaged in sexual activities, with no indication that consent was given for the images to be uploaded. The investigation has now reportedly expanded beyond just the Marine corps, as well. Some of the images being reviewed reportedly include people dressed in Navy, Army, and Air Force attire, resulting in the formation of a joint military task force to address the situation. In short, it appears this could be yet another grim intersection of the military world and the invasive, sexually exploitative world of revenge porn. The scandal has underscored concerns about proper respect for sexual consent and gender equality within the Facebook group it spawned from, and consequently the broader military, as well. The lurid activities of the Marines United Facebook group, a private group, were reportedly not exposed or addressed for months, because the only way the information could get out was if an active member of the group reported it. The Marines United nude photo scandal exposes a culture of misogyny and harassment https://t.co/NucfcQsEwC pic.twitter.com/aHGLzgK33h — Newsweek (@Newsweek) March 18, 2017 In other words, if everyone kept a unified front in favor of posting such violating images, it might not ever have been discovered.