Marine Corps Veteran Brian Jones Dismantles Rape Culture In The Military, Steals Our Hearts In The Process
What don't you see every day? A Marine Corps veteran criticizing the rampant sexual assault in the military and dismantling rape culture. In a powerful video for NowThis Rants, U.S. Marine Brian Jones tackles military sexual assault and rape, an epidemic that has been going on within the ranks, virtually unaddressed, for years. Although sex crimes among military members has recently attracted the attention of Congress and the Defense Department — with both groups taking measures to prevent sexual assault and penalize perpetrators — rape culture is still a predominant fixture in the military community.
So, let's rant about it — and change it. At least, that's what Jones is doing. The veteran Marine, who currently serves as editor-in-chief for the veterans-centric website Task & Purpose, is fed up with the treatment of women in the military. And it's not just sexual assault — though that's an undeniable aspect of it — but the overall culture of degradation of women soldiers.
Jones says in the video, which you can watch below:
What Jones is focused on at the moment is the gross sexism stemming from various Marine Corps Facebook pages. In both the video and an article for Task & Purpose, Jones discusses the pages POG Boot Fucks, which has around 17,000 likes, and F’n Wook, which has about 15,000 likes. Both pages post pictures of women soldiers without their consent to degrade them. More often than not, the comments are vitriolic, using graphic language and imagery.
As Jones writes on Task & Purpose:
According to Jones, these sites often go unaddressed by the Marine Corps, even though the Facebook pages "purport to depict junior enlisted infantry culture." Jones even calls out a horrifying message that threatens raping a female soldier; the message was made by an enlisted member of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment.
Although some of these pages have been shut down by Facebook, they always reappear, Jones says. He's calling for military leadership to step up, defend its women soldiers and put an end to the military's rape culture.
Jones says in the video:
According to data from the Defense Department, there were 26,000 sex crimes committed in the military in 2012 — about 70 sexual assaults per day. This is not OK. So to Marine Corps veteran Brian Jones, we say: Keep ranting.
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