According to the video, this change of events came because “All the way up, across the board, everybody said they would not retain him. And the fucking head honcho, the fucking CG (Commanding Officer) with all of the proof, fucking admission to guilt, decided that they will retain him. And this is exactly why fucking females in the military fucking kill themselves. This is exactly why no one takes this fucking seriously.”
While officials told Military.com that they are investigating the matter, no word yet on what has been found. Capt. Casey Littesy told the outlet that “Sexual assault is a crime, is unacceptable, and violates our core values of honor, courage and commitment. We will respond with an update when we have more information.” The U.S. Marines Twitter account put out a statement saying “We are aware of the video of the Marine in distress. The Marine Corps takes all allegations of misconduct seriously. The Marine’s command @iimefmarines has taken action to ensure the Marine is safe.” The II Marine Expeditionary Force is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (II MEF) responded in similar fashion.
Newly confirmed Defense Secretary Gen. Lloyd Austin said he saw the video, calling it “deeply disturbing,” and “We have to get the facts, we have to understand what just happened. Let me also say that I care about each and every one of our troops, and certainly I’m going to ask that her chain of command makes sure that someone is looking out after her needs and make sure that we’re taking care of her.”
Not In My Marine Corps, an online social media account purporting to represent a “group of active, retired, veteran, and civilian members dedicated to ending sexual harassment and assault in the Armed Forces,” and who is one of the nodes that boosted this video’s profile, has pointed to Marine Corps Base Camp in Lejeune, North Carolina, as the possible source of conflict, name-checking Maj. Gen. Julian Alford as either the possible CG who retained the suspected sexual assaulter, or overseeing the officer who did.
Others online have pointed to a website reportedly set up by the woman in the video, called “Not My Reality.” Reportedly the page is a forum space for survivors of sexual assault in the military.
Warning: The video is devastating and can be triggering for some.