Report: US Marine Corps looking into nude photo scandal



March 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Marine Corps is looking into the suspected distribution of nude photographs of female members of the service among military personnel and veterans via a social media network that promotes sexual violence, the Marine Corps Times said on Sunday.

A Marine Corps spokesman told the independent newspaper specializing on the Corps that military officials are uncertain how many military personnel could be involved.

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Officials from the Marine Corps Naval Criminal Investigative Service were not immediately available for comment.

The paper published an internal Marine Corps communications document with talking points about the issue, describing the social media network as a closed Facebook group with about 30,000 members. The network solicited nude photos of female service members, some of whom had their name, rank and duty station listed, it said.

The site talked of misogynist behavior, the document said, and the photos were on a secure drive in cloud storage, which has been removed.

The document advised a response along the lines of: "The Marine Corps is deeply concerned about allegations regarding the derogatory online comments and sharing of salacious photographs in a closed website. This behavior destroys morale, erodes trust, and degrades the individual."

Representative Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington State, and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, called for a complete investigation and for proper care of the victims.

"This behavior by Marines and former Marines is degrading, dangerous, and completely unacceptable," the congressman said in a statement.

In an annual report the Pentagon released in May 2016, the U.S. military received about 6,000 reports of sexual assault in 2015, similar to the number in 2014, but such crimes are still underreported.

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The Marines throughout history

The Marine Corps band called 'The Presidents Own' was created in 1798. Here they are in 1893.

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The Marines pose for a photo in Egypt in 1907.

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Marines pose with a German trench mortar in 1918.

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Marines duing WWI circa 1918. 

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Marines run a drill during combat training in Germany, 1918. 

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Grumman FF-2, circa 1930

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Pearl Harbor survivor Technical Sergeant Anglin on December 8th 1941.

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Marines patiently wait to be called for 'chow time' 1943.

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Marines admire a photo of a pin-up girl in 1943 while in Japan. 

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James Wrobel, Designer of VMF-312 Insignia, circa 1943

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Marines arrive on the Japanese island Saipan. 1944 WWII

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Marines stationed in Bougainville.

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Marines wait for letters from home to be distributed. 

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Pictured here : 'Code Talkers'  1943 were a group a Native American Marines would used their native language to relay coded messages. 

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 Marines fire a 155mm Howitzer Iwo Jima.

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A Navy Corpsman administers blood plasma to a Marine. 1944

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Marines are surrounded by bullet shells at  the base of Mount Suribachi.

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Marines raise the American flag in Iwo Jima. 1945

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Marines celebrate the end of WWII. 1945

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Korean War 1950. 

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Female Marines began training in Parris Island, South Carolina, 1949.

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Marines line up to receive items from home. Usually soda, candy and cigarettes. 

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A welcome banner can be seen here in Vietnam welcoming the Marines in Danang in 1965. 

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A Marine rests while he can in Vietnam. 1968. 

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Moment of Peace: Corporal Larry G. Nabb (Brush, Colorado) finds a moment of peace in front of a gaily decorated Christmas tree at Quang Tri Combat Base. Nabb is serving as a truck driver with 3d Marine Division’s Headquarters Battalion, and is one of thousands of Marines celebrating their Christmas in Vietnam 

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Private First Class Ronald Duplantis prepares a 122mm enemy field weapon for shipment.

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Marines carry supplies from a cargo plane to a nearby base. 1969.

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Marines register to vote for the 1969 presidential election.

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David Gurfein sits next to a Christmas tree in Saudi Arabia while serving during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

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Marines prepare to enter Saddam Husseins palace in 2003.

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U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad in this April 9, 2003 file photo. U.S. troops pulled down a 20-foot (six-metre) high statue of President Saddam Hussein in central Baghdad and Iraqis danced on it in contempt for the man who ruled them with an iron grip for 24 years. In scenes reminiscent of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Iraqis earlier took a sledgehammer to the marble plinth under the statue of Saddam. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files (IRAQ - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CONFLICT) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE IS PART OF PACKAGE '30 YEARS OF REUTERS PICTURES' TO FIND ALL 56 IMAGES SEARCH '30 YEARS'

Marines can be seen fighting in Fallujah in 2004.

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'Darkhorse' Marines lost the most men in Afghanistan over any other Marine unit. They can be seen here in 2010.

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Cpl. Chris Lawler observes a  F/A-18C Hornet with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122 approach during Exercise Pitch Black 2016 on Aug. 9, 2016.

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Around 20,000 recruits are trained in Parris Island every year. 

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Sgt. Justin Glenn Burnside motivates a recruit with Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion 

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Marines take their oath at the 2012 U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2012 graduation.

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(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Frank McGurty and Nick Zieminski)

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