'I was raped by my senior officer': US Senator Martha McSally
The US Senator Martha McSally, who also served the country’s Air Force for 26 years has made surprising revelations that she was raped by a senior officer while in the Air Force. The first female US fighter pilot to fly in combat also confronted that she felt ashamed, confused, and distrusted the system to report it.
During a Senate hearing on sexual assault in the military, Martha said that “I too was a survivor. 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,” said Martha referring to the reports of sexual assaults across the US military which jumped nearly 10 percent in 2017.
She also confessed that she could not expose the harsh truth just like many victims and also did not identify the man. “I stayed silent for many years but somehow felt the need to let some people know,” McSally told the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on Wednesday. She also shared an incident she experiences while she was 17. “My school athletic coach had pressured me into having sex with him,” she said to the Wall Street Journal.
Air Force spokeswoman Captain Carrie Volpe expressed his sorry for what Senator McSally experienced and promised her to stand in support with the victims of sexual assault. "The criminal actions reported today by Senator McSally violate every part of what it means to be an Airman," he said in a statement in response to her testimony.