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Marines being investigated over salacious photo sharing of women service members


Top brass in the U.S. Marines are denouncing  in vigorous terms misbehavior by Marines online, including photographing and sharing photos of women recruits and veterans and making salacious comments about them.

“There is no place for this type of demeaning or degrading behavior in our Corps,” said Sergeant Major Ronald L. Green, 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps in a statement to CBS News.

Green was responding to reports published by the Center for Investigative Reporting that hundreds of Marines are being investigated for using social media to solicit and share hundreds — possibly thousands — of naked photographs of women service members and veterans.

“Let me be perfectly clear; no person should be treated this way. It is inconsistent with our Core Values, and it impedes our ability to perform our mission,” said Sergeant Major Green.

On its Reveal web site, the Center for Investigative Reporting found that since Jan. 30, more than two dozen women, including active duty and enlisted service members had been identified by their rank, full name and military duty station in photographs posted and linked to from a private Facebook page called “Marines United.”

In one instance cited in the report, a woman corporal in uniform was followed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina by a fellow Marine, who surreptitiously photographed her as she picked up her gear. The picture was posted to the Marines United private FB page, where dozens of obscene, sexually explicit comments were posted.

A Marine Corps official told CBS News’ Cami McCormick that when they learned of the private website, they started asking questions and “within hours the site was gone.”

“Whoever runs it kept moving it, making it hard to even find what the scope of it was’, said the official, adding that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is looking into the matter. The official expressed sympathy the women involved.

“People will immediately start blaming victims, and we are most concerned about them. They may have taken pics meant to be private and then those images could have been shared by a former close friend. So many questions that we just don’t have answers to at this point.”

The online activity was first posted by The War Horse, a nonprofit news organization run by Marine veteran and Purple Heart recipient Thomas Brennan, who wrote the piece for the Reveal web site.

Within hours Brennan became the target of online threats, like “waterboard this p-o-s” and “I’ll pay 500 to the dude that can get good nudes of his girl.”

“I’ve scrolled by things like this on Facebook before. I think this is a good gut check for a lot of people. We have all scrolled by things we shouldn’t tolerate on social media,” Brennan told CBS News on Sunday.

On Sunday, The War Horse web site had a popup message with information on how to report harassment related to Marines United — and a contact number for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service which is investigating.

“Do you think you are or may have been a victim of sexual harassment or misconduct on Marines United?

Both active military and civilians can report a crime or share information on Marines United discreetly, anonymously and safely to NCIS via text, the web, or the NCIS smart phone app. The NCIS number is (877) 579-3648.”

This all comes just two months after the first female infantry Marines headed to Camp LeJeune. In late 2015, former Defense Secretary Ash Carter opened all military positions to women, including combat roles.

“The Marine Corps is deeply concerned about allegations regarding the derogatory online comments and sharing of salacious photographs in a closed website. This behavior destroys morale, erodes trust, and degrades the individual. The Marine Corps does not condone this sort of behavior, which undermines our core values. As General Neller said in his recent Message to the Force, the Marine Corps’ success in battle depends on trust, mutual respect, and teamwork,” said Captain Ryan Alvis, a public affairs officer for the Marines.

“The Marine Corps takes every allegation of misconduct seriously. Allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated and handled at the appropriate judicial or administrative forum. A Marine could potentially be charged for violating Article 133 (for officers) or Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). If a Marine shared a photo of another person that was taken without that person’s consent and under circumstances in which that other person had a reasonable expectation of privacy, the Marine may have violated Article 120c, UCMJ, for broadcasting or distribution of an indecent visual recording. A Marine who directly participates in, encourages, or condones such actions could also be subjected to criminal proceedings or adverse administrative actions.”

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revenge porn case in perthshire

Perthshire man awaits sentencing after posting revenge porn of ex-girlfriend

A married Perthshire man posted sexually explicit pictures of his ex-girlfriend on a pornographic website after she ended their 10-month affair.

Perth Sheriff Court was told yesterday that 52-year-old Raymond Wishart had met the woman on a dating website but he couldn’t come to terms with the split and, after drinking, sent the revenge porn images to a website called XHamster.

They were spotted by a work colleague of hers in Perth – and the police were alerted.

Initially, 27 images of the female had been posted, depute fiscal Stuart Richardson told the court.

“A few of the photographs were simply of her in normal attire, not doing anything in particular,” he explained.

But 10 of them were “sexually explicit”.

“They had been on the website, prior to the work colleague noticing them, for a period of 23 days and would obviously have been available to anybody else going to that particular website,” added the fiscal.

There was also a second gallery of 18 photos which had only been posted some two days earlier.

Some again were just normal photographs but three depicted sexual intercourse and other sexual acts.

The catalogue of vile pictures led to Wishart, of King’s Road, Coupar Angus, appearing on indictment.

He will be sentenced on August 31 after background reports have been prepared.

He had his name added to the Sex Offenders’ Register on an interim basis yesterday before the sheriff decides whether there was a “significant sexual element” to his actions.

A prosecution motion to impose a Non-Harassment Order, to protect the victim from further unwanted attention, was continued to the same date.

He admitted that between June 19 and July 3, 2015, at his home, her workplace and elsewhere, he engaged in a course of conduct which caused his ex-girlfriend fear and alarm. He admitted sending her flowers and posting the sexually explicit photographs – and other images of her – on various pornographic websites.

Mr. Richardson said that at the end of the 10-months she had “second thoughts” about the relationship and wanted it to come to an end.

“That information was given by her to Mr. Wishart. Unfortunately, it became clear this wasn’t a situation which he was able, at that time, to accept.”

On the evening of July 2, 2015, a colleague of hers was browsing a website which specializes in pornographic images. While doing that, he came across her name beside a series of photographs.

At work the following day, he reported the matter to the female’s supervisor who spoke to the victim. She went to the website and saw for herself the various images.

Mr. Richardson said he had lodged a victim impact statement the accused’s ex-girlfriend had sent to his office.

Solicitor Rosie Scott said her client stayed at home with his wife and worked part time.

“He’s fully aware the impact these pictures must have had on the female and he very much regrets that.’’

Wishart had his bail conditions, including a ban on him contacting or approaching the victim, continued until next month.
Read more at http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/perthshire-man-awaits-sentencing-after-8454240#CVotuMZ2J2o01cxY.99

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Push to bring ‘revenge porn’ to an end

Push to bring 'revenge porn' to an endThe Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash, is hoping to bring ‘revenge porn’ to an end by introducing an online complaints mechanism for victims.

The mechanism aims to confront angry partners who use technology and social media to share intimate images of former spouses.

The move will be funded from the existing $100 million allocation in the budget.

“Sexual violence is a heinous crime and revenge porn is a grave violation of a person’s freedom,” Senator Cash said.

In April, three Melbourne teenagers were victims of revenge porn.

According to Fairfax, 18-year-old Jess Treloar-Walker, was horrified to find nude photos of herself had been shared on a revenge porn Facebook page.

She said she felt she’d been promoted as a “sex toy”.

“He pretty much just said that I deserved to be exposed. It’s their way of getting back at us,” she said.

“I was so confused, I hadn’t done anything wrong by him. It was so disgusting, I was so angry.”

It is understood images of the victims were taken from Snapchat, some were stolen and videos had been taken ‘mid-act’.

Photo and images were previously being shared to a hidden Facebook page called ‘Melbourne Men’s Society’, which reportedly had 7000 members and another 4500 awaiting approval.

The group has since been shut down.

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Hillary Clinton Just Promised to Take on Revenge Porn

Hillary Clinton vows to take on revenge porn if electedIt’s not a topic typically discussed on the presidential campaign trail, but Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that if she were elected President, she would do whatever she could to help fight revenge porn.

Clinton was hosting a live-streamed town hall on Tuesday and taking questions from YouTube stars and other online content creators when she was asked a question about the topic, according to New York magazine.

YouTube star Chrissy Chambers, who has spoken publicly about being a victim of revenge porn, said, “In 2015 I came out as one of the first public figures who was a victim of revenge porn… And ever since have been trying to pursue justice for myself as well as other victims.”

Chrissy told The Guardian in an interview that when she was 18, her then-boyfriend assaulted her and filmed the pair having sex while she was extremely intoxicated. Chrissy didn’t remember the encounter and wasn’t aware that he filmed it until a year after they broke up, when he allegedly uploaded the video to porn sites.

By the time the video began circulating, Chrissy had already created a successful YouTube channel with her new love, Bria, and when their fans discovered the video they began angrily commenting on YouTube, calling Chrissy a “slut,” she told The Guardian. Chrissy is suing her ex-boyfriend in England, where he allegedly uploaded the video, which now has revenge porn laws on the books.

Chrissy asked Clinton what she would do to ensure that justice can be pursued for survivors of that sort of harassment. While the former First Lady was a bit startled by the inquiry at first, she quickly composed herself and acknowledged that negativity can be rampant online and noted that she was “Exhibit A.”

“I will do everything I can as president, to try and figure out how we can give victims like you, the tools you need, and the rest of society should support, to be able to protect yourself and by doing so, protect others,” Clinton responded.

The presumptive Democratic nominee then thanked Chrissy for her bravery in speaking out on the difficult topic.

Currently, 34 states have laws that deal with revenge porn in some manner, but there is still no federal law criminalizing it. A president who’s committed to tackling all forms of online bullying could offer significant weight to the fight to protect victims of this sort of crime.
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Man pleads guilty to internet stalking after posting nude pictures of his ex online

SAN ANTONIO – A man plead guilty to an internet stalking charge after posting nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend online.

62-year-old Mark Joseph Uhlenbrock plead guilty to internet stalking after photos of his ex-girlfriend appeared on myex.com and other websites without her consent.

Uhlenbrock admitted that during his relationship with the victim, he caused emotional distress to the victim.

In August 2015, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Uhlenbrock’s resident and seized computers that held nude photos of the victim and bookmark links to sites where the photos were posted.

Uhlenbrock faces up to five years in federal prison.

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Threatening to circulate revenge porn could be criminalized across Britain

New laws have been proposed for England and Wales that would criminalize not only the circulation of revenge porn, but also threatening to circulate it. The definition of what constitutes revenge porn could also be expanded.

This level of criminalization is already in force in Scotland, and Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael believes that the rest of Britain should follow suit. If adopted, the proposed change would see revenge porn threats seen in much the same light as other forms of blackmail.

Scottish law already makes it an offense to share, or threaten to share, intimate images and videos. Anyone contravening the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill faces a potential sentence of two years.

Carmichael has also proposed that the types of sexual video and images covered by revenge porn laws be widened. He wants the definition to include not only ‘exposed genitals’, but also footage of ‘breast and buttocks’. The proposals will be debated and voted upon this week.

The proposed changes have been put forward not just to bring England and Wales in line with Scotland, but also to try to do something about the small number of convictions that have been made under existing laws. Carmichael has already put forward amendments that would give revenge porn victims the benefit of anonymity. He said:

“We must act to do everything we can to empower victims to come forward. That is why I have tabled a raft of amendments to strengthen the law and ensure that victims aren’t left suffering in silence. I hope to get the support from MPs across the house and hope that the government agrees with me that more must be done to help and support victims of this horrific act.”
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Even threatening to circulate revenge porn could be criminalized across Britain

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15 year old commits suicide over nude snapchat video

15-year-old kills herself after nude Snapchat video circulates

On Sunday afternoon, a 15-year-old freshmen at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel, Florida, committed suicide after her friends, using Snapchat, recorded a nude video of her while she was in the shower. The teen’s mother Levon Holton-Teamer said that she had sent her daughter Tovonna to clean her room, but that when she went to check on her minutes later, she made a chilling discovery. “I go to the bathroom; I couldn’t get in the bathroom. The bathroom light was off so I tried to get in and I looked down and I saw the puddle of blood. I tried to apply the pressure, the pressure to her head. I tried to save her,” a distraught Holton-Teamer told a local TV station on Wednesday. Tovonna had removed the gun from her mother’s purse and used it to fatally shoot herself. She died hours later.

Holton-Teamer said that earlier that day her daughter had told her she was worried about a nude photo her friends had taken of her without her permission. After Tovonna shot herself, her aunt, Angel Scott, took to Facebook in search of answers. “I just said, ‘If anybody knows anything, what happened?’ … I thought it was just pictures and then the kids started inboxing me. Everybody was out there talking about her and calling her names.”

Detectives from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case, and Tovonna’s family say they intend to seek justice. “I want them to pay, to feel what we’re feeling. Even if their child is convicted or in trouble, they can go visit their child,” said Scott. A photo of Tovonna, together with the hashtag #stopbullying, is being shared by supporters of the family on social media in order to raise awareness to the traumatic outcomes that bullying can bring about.

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Celebrating The Death of FGTS.JP

Yes, it’s true. The site that had thousands of victims posted without their consent has finally met it’s demise. Anyone that has tried to get their images removed from FGTS knows that it was either extremely difficult or completely impossible. We’ve had several email conversations with the webmaster of FGTS where he taunted the victims and us for wanting to remove the pictures. So as you can imagine, we were elated when we went to his site and were met with the best news we’ve had all year.

The death of fgts.jp

For those that don’t know, “CP” is child pornography.

If you were a victim on their website and urls from the site are still appearing in the search engines, you can have the 404’d links removed.

Google
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals

Bing
https://www.bing.com/webmaster/help/bing-content-removal-tool-cb6c294d

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Former Winona jailer accused of revenge porn

Former Winona MN Corrections Officer Accused Of Revenge Porn Threats

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A former Winona County Jail corrections officer is accused of threatening to post nude pictures from former inmates unless he received more nude images and videos.

Ryan Philip Brown, 31, of St. Charles, faces two charges of stalking, two charges of misconduct as a public officer and two charges of computer theft in connection to the incidents, which occurred in October and December of 2015.

According to the criminal complaint, Brown allegedly acquired nude pictures of the girlfriend of a man who was briefly jailed and then demanded that she send more nude images. If she didn’t comply, he threatened to post them to a revenge porn website, called “myex.com”. He allegedly acquired the nude pictures when he confiscated the jailed man’s phone.

Brown is also accused of a similar threat involving a different victim months prior.

An investigation later identified Brown as the man committing these acts and he later admitted to it, the complaint said.

Brown faces up to one year in prison per stalking and misconduct charge, and up to 90 days per computer theft charge. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance on June 15.

According to Winona County officials, Brown no longer works for the department. He was terminated on Dec. 10, 2015. He had been working for the department since May 12, 2009.

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French Politicians Want To Create Ancillary Copyright In Thumbnail Images

Despite the fact that copyright has been repeatedly extended and strengthened over the years, the thought never seems to cross publishers’ minds that they could ever have too much of it, or that the public might have some countervailing rights here. As a consequence of this insatiable appetite, there have been a number of recent moves to create an ancillary copyright, also known as a “snippet tax,” “link tax” and “Google tax,” since it aims to make it obligatory to pay for making even short excerpts or linking to copyright material — for example, in search results. Rather amazingly, publishers are still pushing for this new monopoly “right” despite abundant evidence from their own research that it [the online cultural collection] their businesses.

Undeterred by these facts, some politicians in France are pushing for the creation of [The European Commission]. That idea was [the online cultural collection] a long time ago in the US, but as the public domain advocacy group Comunia explains, in France, the following is still a real possibility:

A new right that would require search engines and indexing services to pay royalties for the use of thumbnail images of copyright protected works. According to French proposal, which has been approved by the French Senate, this new right would be managed by one or more collecting societies, regardless of the intention of the rightholders whether to be financially compensated for the use of their works by search engines.

In an [The European Commission] (pdf) Comunia explains why this is a really stupid idea:

Its scope will impact many online services and mobile apps, from search engines to creative commons models and [the online cultural collection] Europeana. Money would be collected arbitrarily and without any realistic way of redistributing it accurately. Basic, every day activities of online users, such as posting, linking, embedding photos online, would be subject to a cloud of legal uncertainty.

It would isolate France in the European Union, at a time when courts across Europe have made
clear these were lawful activities under national, European and international laws. It would isolate France globally, as a country where using images online would be subject to restrictive and unworkable practice.
Unfortunately, France isn’t the only part of Europe that is considering the introduction of ancillary copyright. This week, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the idea of [the online cultural collection] — in other words, ancillary copyright:

[The European Commission] is seeking views on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain, including the possible extension to publishers of the neighbouring rights. Publishers do not currently benefit from neighbouring rights which are similar to copyright but do not reward an authors’ original creation (a work). They reward either the performance of a work (e.g. by a musician, a singer, an actor) or an organisational or financial effort (for example by a producer) which may also include a participation in the creative process.

The European Commission paints European publishers as somehow missing out on the ancillary copyright currently enjoyed by those in the music or theatre worlds. The intention is clearly to suggest that this kind of extra right is perfectly normal, and that it should — of course — be granted to those poor, struggling publishers, who barely have any copyright at all, apparently. However, that framing rather skates over the fact that posting an article on a website is hardly a creative act on a par with performing a song, or appearing in a play. So it’s not entirely clear why the European Commission thinks it deserves an extra layer of legal protection on top of standard copyright — other than the fact that publishers want that new monopoly in the hope of extracting money from Google.

Fortunately, the consultation is open to everyone, including those outside the EU, which means [The European Commission] using the online questionnaire. As a bonus, you can also give your views on the so-called “[the online cultural collection]” — another area where lobbyists are working hard to make copyright even less fit for the digital age than it is now.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160323/10492033994/french-politicians-want-to-create-ancillary-copyright-thumbnail-images.shtml

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