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When Queta Rodriguez learned she was pregnant, her feelings of joy quickly were subsumed by a powerful sense of shame. A career Marine, she considered the pregnancy a biological affirmation that she indeed was a woman in a corps so dominated by men that its female members did everything they could to be like them. The military's latest sex scandal involving a secret website called Marines United, which posted nude photos of female Marines along with disparaging comments from its male members, brought back memories for women veterans.
Former Lance Cpl. She parented three children while waging a successful battle to win a general discharge under honorable conditions, which qualifies her for all veterans benefits except the Montgomery GI Bill. That fight took 15 years, she said by phone from Oceanside, California, where she now lives.
After the Marines launched an investigation of Marines United and its membership of 30, active-duty Marines, veterans and British Royal Marines, the Pentagon created a t military task force to handle newer probes into other, similar websites linked to current and former service members. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, Women want sex bruceville eddy she said the corps has a culture problem.
Marines United members had created online dossiers on female Marines — and possibly others — without their knowledge, identifying dozens by their names, ranks, social media handles and duty stations, Gillibrand said. The Marines count just 15, women amongactive-duty troops — 8. All of the services long have wrestled with sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Pentagon surveys have consistently shown fewer than half of sexual assault cases end in convictions — of service members in Few service members ever report being harassed or assaulted. Homeless when she ed the Marines at 18 inshe willingly embraced a code that was blatantly sexist, following the unwritten rule that women be as tough as any man but play the part of a lady.
She worked to stay slim, look good in uniform and pay no attention to the crass comments that started on her first days of boot camp. Craig said she assembled bombs and missiles to load onto aircraft, achieved the rank of chief warrant officer 2 — and was sexually assaulted twice during a year career. Another rule of life in the corps was that young women had no expectation of privacy, even in the most personal aspects of their lives. Craig said that even if she was in a committed relationship, other Marines called her a slut and a whore. A Rand Corp. The research firm said years of data show half of those who were sexually harassed or suffered gender discrimination reported that workplace arguments ensued and unit cohesion.
A recently released study co-authored in part by two University of Texas at San Antonio professors reached the same conclusion, finding that sexual harassment damages productivity, increases turnover and absenteeism and increases health costs. The paper — by Richard Harris, a professor of social work, Corey S. The report divided the problem into four dimensions — sexist behavior, crude or offensive behavior, unwanted sexual attention and sexual coercion.
All are things Rodriguez, Craig and Thompson say they experienced in uniform. Thompson said she faced retaliation for reporting she was raped. That problem is so well known, Congress last year made it a crime. Craig said she was sexually assaulted as a lance corporal and, at the end of her career, gave in to a persistent Marine who wanted to have sex. She never mentioned the first incident and only reluctantly reported the second one on the eve of her retirement three years Women want sex bruceville eddy.
Today, she is years old. A group in Austin wants to send her to Washington for an honor flight and possibly meet with Vice President Biden. Women want sex bruceville eddy enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps in and landed in Japan, where she served in the procurement office and worked for 10 years after the war ended.
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Women say Marines United scandal was decades in the making