A statement by General Alphonse Juin before the battle allegedly said: "For fifty hours you will be the absolute masters of what you will find beyond the enemy. Nobody will punish you for what you will do, nobody will ask you about what you will get up to."
Until 1944 the Italian government showed interest and preoccupation for the continuing violence and gathered information about the victims. By December 1948 there were 30,000 cases submitted to Italian authorities but funds were scarce because of war indemnities Italy had to pay to France and this issue was an obstacle on the restoration of diplomatic relations with France. For these reasons many demands were rejected and the victims had to prove permanent physical damage.
Monte Cassino was captured by the Allies on May 18, 1944. The next night, thousands of Goumiers and other colonial troops scoured the slopes of the hills surrounding the town and the villages of Ciociaria (in South Latium). Italian victims' associations such as Associazione Nazionale Vittime delle Marocchinate alleged that 60,000 women, ranging in age from 11 to 86, suffered from violence, when village after village came under control of the Goumiers. Estimates made by the Italian Ministry of Defence in 1997 set the figure at 2,000 to 3,000 female victims. The number of men killed has been estimated at 800. In fact, due to incomplete reports of the crimes, a precise account is impossible.
The mayor of Esperia, a comune in the Province of Frosinone, reported that in his town, 700 women out of 2,500 inhabitants were raped, resulting in many deaths. According to Italian victims associations, a total of more than 7,000 civilians, including children, were raped by Goumiers.
Baris, Tommaso (2004). Tra due fuochi: Esperienza e memoria della guerra lungo la linea Gustav (in Italian). Laterza. ISBN978-88-420-7108-2.
Bimberg, Edward L. "Augustin-Leon Guillaume's Goums in a Modern War". Weider History Group. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. It praises the fighting ability in difficult terrain and "Unfortunately for the Goumiers, their military success did not prevent their fearsome reputation from taking its toll as exceptional numbers of Moroccans were executed--many without trial--for allegedly murdering, raping, and pillaging their way across the Italian countryside."