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26 Duke J. Gender L. & Pol'y 1 (2018-2019)

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From Sex Objects to Sisters-In-Arms:


    Reducing Military Sexual Assault through Integrated Basic
                           Training and Housing


                               GABRIELLE LUCERO*

    We've had this ongoing issue with sexual harassment, sexual assault. I believe it's
    because we've had separate classes of military personnel at some level. Now, it's
    far more complicated than that... But when you have one part of the population
    that is designated as warriors and one part that is designated as something else,
    that disparity begins to establish a psychology that, in some cases, led to that
    environment. I have to believe the more we treat people equally, the more likely
    they are to treat each other equally.1

    General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2013

                                I. INTRODUCTION
     The military has been rocked again and again by news of rampant sexual
harassment and assault within its ranks. Last year, Marine Corps veteran Thomas
James Brennan broke the story of a Facebook page used by military members to
share explicit photos of servicewomen and veterans without their consent.2 Female
service members were identified by their full name, rank and military duty
station in photographs posted and linked to from a private Facebook page.3 Some
of the members advocated sexually assaulting the women in the photographs.4
After the site came to light, similar sites were discovered for each of the other
service branches.'

Copyright © 2018 by Gabrielle Lucero.
    *  First Lieutenant, U.S. Army; J.D., Duke University School of Law; M.P.P., Duke University
Sanford School of Public Policy; B.A. Gender Studies and Sociocultural Anthropology, Columbia
University. All opinions in this Article are the author's alone and in no way represent the views of the
Department of Defense or its components.
    1. Ashley Portero, Women in Combat Units Could Help Reduce Sexual Assaults: US Joint Chiefs
Chairman, INT'L BUS. TIMES (Jan. 25, 2013), http://www.ibtimes.com/women-combat-units-could-help-
reduce-sexual-assaults-us-joint-chiefs-chairman-1039244.
    2. Thomas James Brennan, Hundreds of Marines Investigated for Sharing Photos of Naked Colleagues,
REVEAL NEWS (Mar. 4,2017), https://www.revealnews.org/blog/hundreds-of-marines-investigated-for-
sharing-photos-of-naked-colleagues/.
    3. Id.
    4. Id. Of a photo taken in an incident of stalking, One member of the Facebook group suggested
that the service member sneaking the photo should 'take her out back and pound her out.' Others
suggested more than vaginal sex: 'And butthole. And throat.' Id.
    5. Jared Keller, The Marines' Nude-Photo Scandal Has Spread To The Navy, TASK & PURPOSE (Mar.
15, 2017), http://taskandpurpose.com/marines-united-navy-nude-photo-scandal/; Bill Chappell, Nude-

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