Langevin Statement on Investigation of Nude Photographs Shared by Marines on Social Media

Mar 10, 2017 Issues: Armed Services

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), released the following statement on the “Marines United” Facebook scandal:

“I am offended and disgusted to hear not only of the “Marines United” Facebook page that displayed nude photographs of female Marines without their knowledge or consent, but also that the content resurfaced in the form of a shared Google folder and a subsequent “Marines United 2.0” page. Equally appalling, this content is now being spread to public pornography sites. I sincerely hope this is not just the tip of the iceberg.

“A strong demarche from the Marine Corps Commandant is necessary and appropriate, but it is not sufficient to address this matter. It is deeply disturbing to think that the Marines who betrayed the trust of these women – many who have been identified by their full name, rank, and military duty station due to these photographs, putting them at risk for retribution and harassment – may go unpunished. Any Marines who illicitly shared these photos must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) must perform its full duties across the entire spectrum of this scandal.

“We welcome the full integration of women into every aspect of our military, and service members across all branches must respect their sisters-in-arms without question or condition. It has become clear to me that the entire culture of our Marine Corps in this regard must change; simply attempting to mitigate or prevent instances such as these is not enough.

“I am hopeful that the Marine Corps and Department of Defense leadership will address this matter thoroughly and with haste. I look forward to discussing with them the steps they have or have not taken – both since this Facebook page was discovered late last year, as well as moving forward – before the House Armed Service Committee in the coming weeks and months.”