Staff Sgt. Jose Luis Sanchez, a retired US Marine who lost his leg in Afghanistan, ran – and finished – today’s Boston Marathon with prosthetic left leg, while carrying an American flag. http://bit.ly/2ono7ci
It was a standard post on Instagram back in May 2016: Eight women, all smiling in their Marine Corps uniforms. Then someone copied it and posted it to a Facebook group.
“And I watched in real time as hundreds of people commented on this photo and said things like they wanted to rape us,” Maj. Janine Garner told Host Ari Shapiro on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Garner asked permission from each of her fellow Marines to post the picture to her personal Instagram account. They all agreed. What they didn’t agree to was the harassment that came later.
“They immediately reduced us to our sexuality,” Garner said. “Whether we were ‘doable,’ not 'doable,’ every amount of vitriol. We were called the worst names — and these were leaders in the Marine Corps.”
The Marine Corps is still trying to cope with the scandal involving nude photos of women, including Marines and other active duty service members, which were shared in a closed Facebook group without their consent. Other images were more everyday — in some cases, basic ID-style photos — but still subjected to the same kind of comments.
Hundreds of Marines are being investigated in the case, and Congress has convened hearings to look into how it happened.
Amid backlash over treatment of women in its ranks, the United States Marine Corps released its first-ever national commercial featuring a female recruit, according to the Associated Press.
The ad, titled “Battle Up,” published on YouTube Friday. It follows a woman from childhood, when she breaks up a group of girls bullying another student; through adolescence, as she fights her way down a rugby pitch; to her career as a Marine, in combat and serving the homeless.
Notably, the ad’s star is an actual Marine — Capt. Erin Demchko, who spoke to the AP about the experience of filming.
“Everything felt different with all the staff and cameras,” Demchko, a deputy commander at Camp Courtney in Okinawa, Japan, who previously served in Afghanistan, recalled. The ad, she explained, “is targeted at young women who are seeking a way to challenge themselves.” Read more.(5/14/2017 1:00 PM)