Senator Martha McSally: I Was Raped By Air Force Superior Officer
U S Senator Martha McSally, the first female combat pilot in the U S Air Force, said she had been raped by a superior officer but did not report it because she blamed herself and did not trust the system. “The perpetrators abuse their position of power in profound ways, and in one case I was preyed upon and then raped by a superior officer,” Martha, an Arizona Republican, said during a Senate hearing on sexual assault in the military. “But unlike so many brave survivors, I didn’t report being sexually assaulted,” she added. “Like so many women and men, I didn’t trust the system. I blamed myself. I was ashamed and confused. I thought I was strong but felt powerless.” She did not identify her attacker. Martha, speaking at the Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing, said: “I stayed silent for many years, but later in my career as the military grappled with scandals and their wholly inadequate responses, I felt the need to let some people know: I too was a survivor. I was horrified at how my attempt to share generally my experiences were handled,” she said, adding that she came close to leaving the Air Force after 18 years. “Like many victims, I felt the system was raping me all over again.” But observers have ironically noted how Republicans like her can live with that Trump himself is accused of abusing twenty odd women and her support to Justice Brett M Kavanaugh against whom Christine Blasey Ford had raised accusations of high-school sexual attack.