Women of the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wyoming were secretly being filmed while showering by their male counterparts for nearly a year before anything was done about it.
At least a dozen officers were implicated in the ring that recorded their female shipmates several times a day for about 10 months before an electronics technician on another ship reported them.
The men involved filmed through a hole in the wall using cell phones and an iPod Touch.
One sailor admitted that he and a male peer rushed to secretly record each female midshipman while she was in the shower changing room. They filmed every woman each time she took a shower during the three-month patrol, he said — several times a day, according to a new Navy Times report.
Of the 12 sailors implicated in the vile act, 10 of them reportedly were prosecuted and given consequences ranging in severity from prison time to pay cuts.
During the investigation, the men seemed nonchalant about the level that their perversion reached. One missile technician named Jonathan Ashby reportedly said he learned about the videos from a peer who informed him that he had “captured some Pokemon.”
"The thing with the Wyoming is, to me that was such a shocking event," said Lt. Jennifer Carroll, who served aboard the ballistic missile sub Maine and was never recorded by the Wyoming ring. "It was completely 180-degrees out from what my experience was. I couldn't really even fathom that one of our guys [would] do that to me."
Since the investigation has been underway more details have come to light about the men who participated in filming and the ones who knew it was happening but kept quiet.
Many of the women who were violated by their colleagues expressed feeling betrayed by people they trusted as their brothers. Some are even reluctant to continue serving with crew members who may have seen the videos.
"I really do think the submarine community is special; members of your crew become like family," Carroll said. "In my experience relationships with members of my crew were founded on trust and mutual respect. This event contradicted what I thought was a universal sense of camaraderie among submariners."
This foul incident just shows that no matter how equal women prove themselves to be, misogyny and objectification will always rear their ugly heads and hinder progress toward gender equality.
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