U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller faced the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning to address the nude photo-sharing scandal that has rocked his military branch. Thirty thousand users of a private group on the Marines United Facebook page shared nude photos of female Marines, according to reports.
Neller, in his testimony, spoke directly to female Marines, asking them to trust him to get to the bottom of the matter. He also demanded male Marines answer for how they've treated their female compatriots.
Gen. Neller on photo scandal: “To the men in our corps…how much more do the female members of our marine Corps need to to do be accepted?" pic.twitter.com/TMlYHqdMhQ— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) March 14, 2017
As an immediate response to the nude photo scandal, the Marine Corps is issuing a new social media policy to make absolutely clear that any nefarious behavior will be answered by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has launched an investigation into the matter. Ten brave female victims have come forward so far and Neller encouraged more to do the same so they can better address the illegal breach of privacy.