Sen. Martha McSally says she was raped by Air Force superior officer

Sen. Martha McSally says she was raped by Air Force superior officer

Sen. Martha McSally was in the Air Force for 22 years and became the first woman fighter pilot to fly in combat.

McSally made the announcement during the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel hearing on better prevention and response to sexual assaults in the military.

She did not speak in detail about her assault but said she did not report out of a combination of shame, confusion and mistrust of the treatment she would receive, according to the Arizona Republic, which published video of her comments.

"I was horrified at how my attempt to share generally my experiences was handled". "I too felt like the system raped me over again", McSally continued.

"The perpetrators abuse their position of power in profound ways, and in one case I was preyed upon and then raped by a superior officer", McSally said during a Senate hearing on sexual assault in the military.

According to a Pentagon report released last April, 5,277 service members said they had been sexually assaulted in 2017, an increase of almost 10 percent over the previous year.

McSally was appointed to the U.S. Senate in December as a permanent replacement for Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, came forward in January with her story of being raped by a former boyfriend, saying she chose to do so after details of her divorce were made public.

She also said that she had lacked faith in the system. Her admission on Wednesday was the first public statement regarding her military sexual assault.

"We have come a long way to stop military sexual assault but we still have a long way to go", she said.

Joni Ernst said she was sexually assaulted while she was a student at Iowa State University by someone she was in a relationship with who was "physically and sexually abusive". Jeff Flake's Senate seat past year, McSally said she had been abused by a high school track coach when she was a teenager.

In November's congressional elections, McSally lost to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the contest for Arizona's other U.S. Senate seat, formerly held by Republican Jeff Flake.

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