Marine Corps "officially" bans revenge porn and racial supremacy

Jake Hughes
August 29, 2018 - 12:50 pm

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There are some things one wouldn't think need to be said. However, due to certain events over the last two years, the Marine Corps has "finally" put into words what we all thought was implicit.

According to the Military Times, the USMC has recently updated and consolidated several regulations to add specific language banning both so-called "revenge porn" and participating in any form of racism, among other things. This comes on the heels of two specific events. Last year, a Facebook group called Marines United, which had thousands of members was found to be a place where Marines would share nude photos of their female coworkers. This led to the investigation of nearly 500 Marines. Last month, a Marine was separated from the Corps due to his participation in the deadly "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year.

"As a result of both Marines United and Charlottesville, we included the additional categories of wrongful distribution or broadcasting of an intimate image and dissident and protest activity (including supremacist activity) to ensure Marine Corps policy was clear on these destructive behaviors," Yvonne Carlock, a spokeswoman for Marine Corps Manpower and Reserve Affairs, told the Military Times.

The order, officially known as the Marine Corps Prohibited Activities and Conduct Prevention and Response policy, also condemns Marines who witness such activities and say or do nothing. Additionally, it lays out paths that Marines can use to report such activities, and improves support for victims and addresses training and education for all Marines.

"The order reaffirms the Marine Corps' commitment to maintaining a culture of dignity, respect, and trust in which all members of the organization are afforded equal opportunity to achieve their full potential based solely upon individual merit, fitness, intellect and ability," Carlock said.

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