Distributing nude and "intimate" photos without the subject's permission is now a criminal offense in the Navy and Marine Corps after a key change to Navy regulations published Wednesday. The change was announced in an all-service message signed by acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley as an interim update to the official book of Navy regulations. When a new edition of the document is printed, the prohibition against photo distribution will be included. According to the message, prohibited behavior now includes physical electronic sharing of intimate photos without legal justification or cause and without knowledge of consent. These photos cannot be distributed with intent to realize personal gain; with the intent to humiliate, harm, harass, threaten, or coerce the subject; or with "reckless disregard" as to whether sharing the photos would have such an effect, the language of the new regulation states. The regulation puts Marines and sailors who participate in what is commonly known as "revenge porn" in the crosshairs of Article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which makes it a prosecutable offense to violate a military order. Ryan Alvis, a Marine Corps spokeswoman, told Military. The new regulation comes in the wake of a scandal involving a Facebook page, Marines United, whose members reportedly circulated a hard drive filled with compromising photos of female service members.
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An online data dump containing nude photos of military members included at least a dozen female sailors, in addition to the Marines previously reported to be involved in the hacking scandal, a Navy Times investigation published Tuesday revealed. The news followed a Naval Criminal Investigative Service report Tuesday revealing nearly users in the Marines United Facebook group accessed a link to the to the photo drive where the compromising pictures were uploaded. It could be the largest cyber attack on the military in history, though it remained unclear as of Wednesday exactly who was responsible for collecting and distributing the nude photos to the Marine Corpse Facebook group, which includes 30, members. Photo: Reuters.
New details have come to light about the 12 male sailors aboard Navy submarine the U. Wyoming who were implicated for involvement in the secret filming of their naked female shipmates late last year. Investigators with Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Kings Bay, Georgia-based Submarine Squadron 20 interviewed more than people and included statements from the 12 original suspects. The filming had gone on for nearly a year, investigators would come to learn, with videos of up to four of the women assigned to the boat as well as midshipmen on cruise during two patrols with Wyoming, from August to November and March to June Three sailors filmed the women and distributed the short recordings; two admitted their guilt and one was implicated by another sailor. SUBRON 20 boss William Houston, however, does not think that filming ring is indicative of larger problems aboard the submarine or in the Navy at large.
All crews have been warned that publicly displaying images of glamour models — or even nude snaps of their own wives and partners — is now forbidden. The Royal Navy has banned the age-old practice of letting sailors have naked pin-ups on ships. The ban, which applies to all surface ships, submarines and shore bases, is understood to have been introduced after complaints from female personnel. The Navy has moved on and times have changed. The source said the MoD was fearful it would be hit with costly legal claims unless it was seen to act. The policy says it is no longer acceptable to view porn films, even those passed by censors, in communal areas.