Senator Martha McSally: "I also am a military sexual assault survivor"'I blamed myself. I was ashamed, I was confused. I thought I was strong, but I felt really powerless.'
WASHINGTON.- A retired Air Force colonel and the first woman to flight a combat mission, senator Martha McSally (Rep-Ariz.), revealed today that she was raped by an officer, while still in active service.
"So, like you, I also am a military sexual assault survivor, but unlike so many brave people who are also survivors, I didn’t report it. Like so many women and men, I didn't trust the system at the moment," said the senator, at an Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual assault in the military.
"I blamed myself. I was ashamed, I was confused. I thought I was strong, but I felt really powerless. The perpetrators abused their power in profound ways. In one case, I was preyed upon and raped by a superior officer,” she continued.
"I stayed silent for years, but later in my career, as the military grappled with the scandals and their inadequate responses, I felt the need to let people know that it also happened to me,” she added.
The senator, who is 52 years old, fill late senator John McCain’s seat, and is one of the few women in Congress who has served in the military. Her revelations come at a time when a long list of women has shared their experiences with sexual assaults and sexual misconducts, in the U.S. Military Forces.