The military has a revenge porn problem, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. A report from Vice News has revealed that hundreds of explicit photos of military servicewomen are circulating via a Dropbox folder titled “Hoes Hoin’.” The photos depict the women in various states of dress—from fully clothed, to topless, to nude—and there’s no attempt to hide the womens’ identities.
From Vice News:
Some of the photos are selfies, others are clearly taken by another person. Some show women performing sexual acts. A few are of service members fully clothed, in apparent attempt to shame or discredit them. Finally, some photos are crude collages showing a fully clothed service member in uniform on one side and a nude photo of the same woman on the other.
While many of the photos are new, there are also several explicit photos known as “legacy,” indicating that the photos have already made the rounds in this underground military nudes circuit.
Vice News reports that the Dropbox link cropped up two weeks ago in a private Facebook group called “Blame Marines United (Non-Butthurt Edition).” Marines United was a private Facebook group featuring thousands of explicit photos of women; it had over 30,000 followers, including active-duty servicemen, veterans, and civilians. It was the center of a massive controversy in 2017 and led to Congress proposing a bill criminalizing revenge porn in the military.
Sexism, demeaning behavior, and violence toward servicewomen in the US military is commonplace. Reports of sexual assault reached an all-time high in 2017, and women often report feeling belittled in training as well as in leadership roles. Read the full Vice News report here.
Update, March 12: A Dropbox spokesperson has sent us the following statement:
This link has been taken down and banned so it cannot be recirculated on Dropbox. As always, we investigate reports of content that violate our Acceptable Use Policy. If we find a violation, we take down the content and, when appropriate, take other measures such as banning the content and/or reporting to law enforcement.