abuse in the military
January 11, 2018

New Report Reveals Top U.S. Government Computers Linked to Revenge-Porn Site

Were you aware that our military and government may have a revenge-porn crisis on their hands? Unfortunately, this is not a new problem — military culture is rampant with sexual assault and abuse. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has worked with the military to help eradicate sexual exploitation by our service members and military personnel. We have recommended better policies and worked to expose the harms of pornography use by our military personnel.

Now, the Daily Beast reports that an alarming number of individuals within the government and military, including the U.S. Senate and the Navy, allegedly have been frequent users of a revenge-porn site, Anon-IB.

Anon-IB is a free-to-use message board where users post images, typically of women, and which is split into various genre or location sections. Some parts are focused on countries, while U.S. sections may narrow down to a state. Many users pursue so-called wins, which are nude or explicit photos, and may egg each other on to share more images.

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As the report notes, an IP address alone is insufficient to determine precisely who is posting these images.

An IP address does not necessarily refer to an individual, and it’s not possible to know whether a guest or other visitor on a government network is responsible for the posts. There is also a chance that a hacker may be routing their traffic through government computers, but the Senate and Executive Office of the President IP addresses do not appear in lists of known, previously compromised machines, according to online records.

While it is not completely clear who is posting on this revenge-porn site now, the Navy suffered a scandal last year:

Last year, the U.S. Marines faced a revenge-porn crisis in which servicemen nonconsensually shared intimate videos and photos of partners on secret Facebook groups.

Despite an official, wide-spanning investigation into the incident, and the Navy and Marines making posting nude photos of personnel online a criminal offense, people using U.S. Navy computers have continued to post on Anon-IB as recently as late last year, according to the data obtained by The Daily Beast.

In addition to rampant pornography consumption, many military personnel frequently patron strip clubs, illicit massage parlors, and purchase sex both at home and abroad, all of which directly foster and promote sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.

It’s time that leaders in both the military and government recognize that all forms of sexual exploitation are connected and fuel each other.

Katherine Blakeman

Katherine Blakeman

Director of Communications

Katherine Blakeman joined the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) as Director of Communications in August of 2017.  She works to foster a community of people who want to restore human dignity and end sexual exploitation through digital outreach and social media marketing.  Katherine also develops digital, communications, and press strategies for the organization in an effort to engage with an increasingly broader audience.

Prior to joining NCOSE, Katherine served as Communications Director for two members of Congress and previously as the Communications Deputy at Heritage Action for America, where she blogged, conducted social media outreach, and joined radio shows across the country to discuss the organization’s priorities and goals.

Katherine participated in the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute fellowship at the United Nations Youth Conference in July of 2011, which sparked in her a passion for human rights issues and for speaking out for those living in poverty or a cycle of exploitation, particularly those who suffer from sexual exploitation.

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