Posted on4 October, 2016 | 05:55

Amid an abuse scandal, Sarah Silverman asks the Marines: Will my nephew be okay as a recruit?

The Marine Corps opened a dialogue with comedian Sarah Silverman on Twitter late Monday about its boot camp abuse scandal, telling her they are committed to her nephew’s success as a recruit at Parris Island, S.C., after she tweeted she was “nervous” after reading recent news coverage.

It’s the latest wrinkle in the case of numerous drill instructors who are accused of abusing numerous recruits at what is likely the U.S. military’s most famous boot camp. In one incident, Marine recruit Raheel Siddiqui, 20, fell three stories to his death in March after running away from a drill instructor who had hit him. In another, the same drill instructor is accused of putting a different recruit in an industrial-sized dryer last year and turning it on multiple times.

Up to 20 Marines face either criminal or disciplinary action, and the service has removed numerous senior officials at Parris Island after investigations found that they had not done enough to stop it. More than 100 other cases of abuse and hazing in the last few years at the recruit training center also have been substantiated, according to military documents. The service has not released any information about most of those.

Silverman, who has nearly 9 million followers, tweeted to the Marine Corps’ main account twice and once to another account affiliated with its Recruiting Command. She asked that the service “reassure” her that her nephew will be safe while he goes through recruit training and worried he will get in trouble because she sent him a care package.





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