Nicholas Lord, a Navy sailor since 2008 currently on active duty, is under investigation after threatening to rape a young woman who is a Navy recruit.
The young woman posted a photo of herself on Facebook, captioning it to say she’s proud of how she’s working hard to get in shape for the Navy, and she’s excited to be leaving soon. The photo was shared on the page for her Delayed Entry Program for her fellow Navy recruits.
Nicholas Lord, who is not a current recruit and who has been serving in the Navy since 2008, then commented:
You’ll end up pregnant real soon you fucking wh***. If I could and I knew you, I’d hold you down and rape you.
The next day, Lord gloated about his threat on his Facebook page, updating his status to say he’d been “trolling feminist pages.” In case it needs to be said, the Facebook page for a Navy program is not a “feminist page.” It’s a Navy recruiting page. (x) (x)
I don’t know what the Navy’s punishment system is like, but I hope he gets the worst possible. I hope they investigate his past history in the military, too. If he’s bold enough to outright threaten female recruits, under his own name, on public, Navy-run social media, I seriously doubt he hasn’t harassed and threatened female sailors. He may even have raped them.
Especially given the military’s problem with letting men get away with harassment and rape, they need to severely punish him.
I can’t believe the popularity of this post. Leagues beyond anything else. I haven’t been able to read my activity stream for days because it’s all notes for this and everything else is buried. It’s amazing a a widely positive.
I just want to say…it’s not lost on me that this post has become wildly popular partly because it’s a woman wanting to enter the armed forces who is involved and many people give that more respect than other women.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m THRILLED that for once thousands of people (mostly) agree that this kind of shit is disgusting. But we should have outrage when a trans woman is harassed…when a black woman is called a slur…when a fat woman’s body is mocked
…when ANY woman receives rape threats. That literally happens to feminist bloggers daily and when we talk about it we’re told to suck it up or get off the internet or that’s just “how trolls are.”