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US servicemen from all parts of the military have been sharing nude photos of their female colleagues online, it has emerged. Reports last week uncovered widespread photo sharing by current and former Marines on Facebook, triggering a navy investigation. But the BBC has seen a message board where servicemen from other branches have shared hundreds of photos.
The Pentagon said such behaviour was "inconsistent" with its values. Male service members use a message board on an anonymous image hosting website to share nude images of their female counterparts. They often us military nudes post clothed photos of female personnel taken from their social media s, and ask if any members have nude photos, which they call "wins".
Others then post photos. Those posting sometimes provide names and other details of women, including where they are stationed. Lewd comments accompany many posts. On Friday Pentagon chief James Matthis released a statement criticising the "lack of respect for the dignity and humanity of fellow members of the Department of Defense". He said those who shared photos were guilty of "egregious violations of the fundamental values" of the military.
US Marines in nude photo sharing scandal. Canadian army sexual abuse exposed. The photo-sharing was ly reported confined to Marines on Facebook. A Facebook group called Marines United with 30, members was recently closed down after the scandal erupted. The Marines' top commander described the revelations as an "embarrassment".
On Friday he spoke at a Pentagon press conference to caution that "we don't want to be in a hurry" with the investigation. But the message board on the image-hosting website remains publicly accessible, and indicates that such practices extend throughout the military.
Another post from a different anonymous user on 12 September re: "Any wright patt wins? I'll start off with some". The user then posts self-taken images of a woman in a bikini, and then topless. There are many more explicit images on the message board.
The US Department of Defense said in a statement that it had issued "policy guidance" to prevent and deal with "sexual harassment and hazing". It is developing a new "comprehensive workplace harassment prevention and response policy", spokesperson Myles Caggins told the BBC.
The Senate Armed Services Committee is due to hold a hearing on the issue next week. On Wednesday, two women who said they were victims spoke out publicly alongside their lawyer, urging others to come forward.
Some of the photos are believed to have been taken surreptitiously. Other images are thought to have been consensual, but posted without permission. Are you one of the women who has been shared or have you been experienced a similar incident? Please get in touch and haveyoursay bbc. If you are available to talk to a BBC journalist, please include a telephone .
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