San Mateo, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, on Sunday issued the following statement about the investigation related to the sharing of nude photographs on social media by Marines and former Marines:

"I am appalled to learn of the reprehensible conduct by current and former Marines. Military leaders have been aware of online bullying of female Marines since 2013, when I notified them of a denigrating Facebook page that encouraged sexual assault and abuse. I am deeply troubled to learn that nothing has changed. The fact that the reporter and Marine veteran Thomas Brennan who has brought this story to light has received death threats and the fact that his wife has received rape threats underscores the vileness of the perpetrators. No one who organized, contributed to or commented on the site should be serving in our military," said Rep. Speier. "I call on the Secretary of Defense, the Acting Secretary of the Navy, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps to do everything in their power to provide whatever support is required to the victims of these heinous crimes and to hold accountable those responsible under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. This is not a case of a few bad apples, but a clear case of a culture where the rot has continued to spread and thrive. If there is a leadership component here, the President should fire those responsible."