During a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on sexual assault in the military, freshman Republican Senator from Arizona McSally, said she was sexually assaulted while in the military, CNN reports:
McSally said to witnesses present, “So like you, I am also a military sexual assault survivor,” but she says she did not report and did not trust the system to do so. Welling up with emotion, McSally said she almost left the Air Force over her despair.
“Like many victims, I felt the system was raping me all over again. But I didn’t quit, I decided to stay,” she said after taking a pause to gather herself.
She called the issue of sexual assault in the military a “deeply personal” topic for her.
“We’ve come a long way to stop military sexual assault but we have a long way to go,” McSally said.
“I am also a military sexually assault survivor,” Sen. Martha McSally said during a Senate hearing about sexual assault in the military https://t.co/KOOewVn5lf pic.twitter.com/HVa2Gf5js9
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 6, 2019
Sen. McSally at hearing today: “, I also am a military sexual assault survivor, but unlike so many brave survivors, I didn’t report being sexually assaulted. Like so many women and men, I didn’t trust the system at the time. I blamed myself. “
— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) March 6, 2019
Sen. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, says she was raped in the Air Force by a superior officer. https://t.co/xVgMEvFRa4
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 6, 2019
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