During an emotional congressional hearing on military sexual assault, Arizona freshman Senator Martha McSally revealed a superior Air Force officer raped her.
The 26 year Air Force veteran, also America’s first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, explained why she decided to come forward now.
“I also am a military sexual assault survivor, but unlike so many brave survivors, I didn’t report being sexually assaulted,” McSally said. “In one case, I was preyed upon and raped by a superior officer.
Martha McSally, the freshman Senator from Arizona, the 26-year military veteran and the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, testified before a Senate committee. She explaining why she stayed silent for so long, and that she was horrified at how her attempts to report the assault were handled.
“I almost separated from the Air Force at 18 years of service over my despair. Like many victims, I felt like the system was raping me all over again.” McSally said.
In a statement, the Air Force says they are “appalled and deeply sorry for what Senator McSally experienced”. And that they “are steadfast in their commitment to eliminating this reprehensible behavior and breach of trust in our ranks.”
McSally’s bold revelation comes not long after Iowa Senator Joni Ernst detailed her own rape while in college. When asked what actions he plans to take, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said they’re open to whatever “policy prescriptions” the senators come up with.