Washington, May 20: An investigation has found that sailors aboard a US Navy submarine prepared lists of their female colleagues and ranked them based on their appearances and various sexual acts the creators of lists wish to perform with them. According to Military.com, sailors aboard the guided-missile submarine USS Florida circulated two lists - one with Yelp-like star ratings on the women and another containing "lewd and sexist comments" beside each woman's name.
The lists, characterized as "rape lists" by Military.com, came to light when two sailors informed a superior officer that they were stored on an internal computer network and updated regularly. The lists described female crew members "by appearances, characteristics and various sexual acts the creators of the list wish to perform with them," including "aggressive sexual activity". The lists do "not reference non-consensual acts," the investigation said, according to Military.com. Donald Trump Opposed to Parts of Abortion Ban in Alabama.
The sailors reported about the lists in early June in 2018, however, a search conducted by commanding officer Captain Gregory Kercher and a forensic test by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service couldn't locate them on the submarine's internal network. The submarine employed 32 women in its 173-person crew. While Kercher didn't begin a formal investigation, Navy officials above him found out about the lists and launched a probe when the submarine was in the Indian Ocean. Saudi Arabia Says Does Not Want War with Iran but Ready to Respond Strongly.
The investigation concluded that "trust up and down the chain of command was nonexistent," according to Military.com. The female crew members also came to know about the lists. "Significant numbers of females became concerned for their safety," Rear Adm. Jeff Jablon, then-commander of Submarine Group 10 wrote, "and male members who learned of the list were equally repulsed," according to Military.com.
Following the formal investigation, the US Navy fired Kercher, discharged two sailors and "additional administrative actions were taken" against several others who mishandled the incident.