Senator McSally Speaks out Against Sexual Assault in the Military

On Wednesday in a Senate Armed Services subcommittee, Senator Martha McSally, a veteran of the Air Force and the first woman to fly in combat after the ban on women was lifted, revealed that she is a rape survivor and that the rape occurred while actively serving in the military. In an emotional speech, she stated that “like you, I am also a military sexual assault survivor,” that her attacker was a superior Air Force officer, and how that experience led to question her commitment to the Air Force after 18 years of service. Senator McSally was According to the Department of Justice, in 2018 there were 6,769 reports of sexual assault. However, as Senator McSally revealed that she, like many survivors of sexual assault, did not report the attack due because she was afraid of repercussions and lacked faith in the reporting system. The military has tried to combat the issue through programs and initiatives but there has been very little success. Senator McSally urged commanders to be held responsible for lack of inaction in dealing with reports of sexual assault and to actively remove attackers from the ranks. This year, Senator McSally is the second female GOP member […]

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