Senator Martha McSally is a Republican senator representing Arizona 2nd District in the Congress. McSally who is the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat on Wednesday revealed that she was raped by a superior officer while serving in the Air Force. McSally told a Senate Armed Services subcommittee that she shares “the disgust of the failures of the military system and many commanders who failed in their responsibilities.” McSally made this revelation during a hearing on preventing sexual assault in the military.McSally said, “Like you, I am also 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.”
During her time in the Air Force, which stretched from 1988 until 2010, McSally said she witnessed weaknesses in how leaders handled the prevention, investigation, and adjudication of reports of sexual assaults. She said she did not report her own because she did not trust leaders would hold her alleged attacker accountable.The 52-year-old Senator did not identify her assailant, at what point in her military career the assault took place, where the alleged rape occurred, or the names of the people she later told.