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Two weeks ago, The War Horse
, a nonprofit news site run by Marine veteran Thomas Brennan, uncovered the existence of a private Facebook group called “Marines United,” which was used to share nonconsensual porn images of female colleagues. Since then, thousands have left the 30,000 member male-only group, and the Marine who first posted the Google Drive link of images has been fired.  Facebook has deleted accounts associated with the nude photos. However, Brennan has been sent death threats,  and new Facebook groups have formed:
- “Marines United 2.0” sprung up with 3,000 members, posting links to the same photos and scrutinizing those seeking admission.
- “Marines United 3.0” has formed, with a membership of 262.
- JTOTS (Just the Tip Of The Spear) posted the same links.
- Local offshoot groups have formed, with memberships ranging from single digits to more than 500. Some groups also share nude photos.
- Some published the nude photos and videos of the female Marines on PornHub and other pornography sites. 
Defenders of the groups argue that no crime has been committed by members of Marines United, even though nonconsensual pornography is illegal in 34 states. 
This behavior has been condemned by Marine Corps commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.  Marine veteran Erin Kirk-Cuomo, who started Not In My Marine Corps
to share incidents of sexual assault and harassment, said servicewomen have been reporting groups like “Marines United” for 10+ years but were ignored. She said the issue was “laughed off by military leadership and members as harmless, expected or invited.” 
The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative (CCRI) was featured in NBC and CNN as a resource for victims of nonconsensual pornography, with quotes from legislative and tech policy director Mary Anne Franks and advisor Carrie Goldberg. [1, 5]
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- Jason Hanna, What you can do if someone posts an explicit image of you online, CNN (March 12, 2017) http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/12/us/nonconsensual-or-revenge-porn-recourse-trnd/
- RI House to vote again on vetoed "revenge porn" bill, The News Tribune (March 12, 2017) http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article138050643.html
- Michael R. Gordon and Helen Cooper, Their Intimate Photos Were Shared. Now the Marine Corps Wants Them to Speak Up., The New York Times (March 10, 2017) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/10/us/politics/marine-corps-women-photos-facebook.html?_r=0
- Colin Daileda, Marine general says revenge porn 'allegations undermine everything we stand for', Mashable (March 10, 2017) http://mashable.com/2017/03/10/marines-revenge-porn-scandal/#He7cRtVAAmq0
- Erik Ortiz, Marines Photo Scandal: What Can Revenge Porn Victims Do?, NBC (March 10, 2017) http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/marines-photo-scandal-what-can-revenge-porn-victims-do-n731241
- Bill Chappell, Nude-Photo Scandal May Expand Beyond 'Marines United' Facebook Group, NPR (March 10, 2017) http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/10/519682039/nude-photo-scandal-may-expand-beyond-marines-united-facebook-group
- James Laporta, Rory Laverty, Marines Keep Sharing Women’s Nude Photos in Secret Groups After Getting Busted, The Daily Beast (March 10, 2017) http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/10/marines-keep-sharing-women-s-nude-photos-in-secret-groups-after-getting-busted.html
- Robert Jablon, 2 Marines say photos of them put online without consent, The Marine Corps Times (March 9, 2017) https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/articles/2-marines-say-photos-of-them-put-online-without-consent
- Kim Stephens, Rape, revenge porn, fat-shaming: The all-women Q&A panel delve deep ahead of International Women’s Day, News.com.au (March 7, 2017) http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/current-affairs/rape-revenge-porn-fatshaming-the-allwomen-q-a-panel-delve-deep-ahead-of-international-womens-day/news-story/30ffdcc8ed82c0d914b80119e7ef190e
- Ken Daley, Lower 9th Ward woman booked with 'revenge porn' offense, The Times-Picayune (March 7, 2017) http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2017/03/lower_9th_ward_woman_booked_wi.html
- Christina Cauterucci, Marines’ Secret Trove of Nonconsensual Nude Photos Is About Power, Not Sex, Slate (March 6, 2017) http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2017/03/06/the_marines_secret_trove_of_nonconsensual_nude_photos_is_about_power_not.html
- Gabrielle Fahmy, U of M cyberattacks show law trails technology, prof says, CBC News (March 6, 2017) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/university-moncton-cyberattack-law-professor-1.4012074
- RCMP continues to investigate non-consensual distribution of intimate images, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (March 6, 2017) http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/en/news/2017/6/rcmp-continues-investigate-non-consensual-distribution-intimate-images
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