Arizona Senator Marth McSally, a Republican, has just made headlines around the world after revealing that she was sexually assaulted while in the military. The news made a shockwave around the nation after McSally opened up during an emotional Senate hearing.
"The Arizona Republican, who served 26 years in the Air Force, made the disclosure during a Senate hearing on sexual assault allegations in the military. McSally said she didn't report the assault because she didn't trust the system, and was ashamed and confused," reported Fox News.
McSally is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat. She says she was extremely privileged to have been a member of the U.S. military but for many years she never spoke out about the assaults she endured. She feels that now she is in a place to change things and ultimately was inspired by the stories of so many other strong survivors.
"So, like you, I also am a military sexual assault survivor, but unlike so many brave survivors, I didn’t report being sexually assaulted," she continued. "Like so many women and men, I didn’t trust the system at the time. I blamed myself. I was ashamed and confused. I thought I was strong but felt powerless. The perpetrators abused their position of power in profound ways. In one case I was preyed upon and raped by a superior officer."
McSally did not name the officer during the tense moment in the hearing. She shared her disgust with the way the military has handled such situations and wanted to stress the importance of changing protocols for the future.
"McSally's disclosure also comes at a time of increased awareness over the problem of harassment and assault in the armed forces. Reports of sexual assaults across the military jumped nearly 10 percent in 2017 — a year that also saw an online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the Defense Department," reported Fox News.
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