‘United States Senator raped by military officer’

This August 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

12 Harrowing Stories About Military Sexual Assault

From the BBC today:

Senator Martha McSally: I was raped by Air Force superior officer

A US senator has revealed that she was raped by a superior officer while serving in the Air Force.

Senator Martha McSally, who was the first female US fighter pilot to fly in combat, was speaking at a hearing on sex assaults in the military.

The Arizona Republican said she did not report the rape as she felt ashamed and confused, and distrusted the system.

In 2017 almost 6,800 sexual assaults were reported across the US military, a 10% rise on the previous year.

Ms McSally, 52, was speaking on Wednesday during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee featuring victims of sexual assault.

“Like you, I also am 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,” she said.

“I blamed myself. I was ashamed and confused,” she added. “The perpetrators abused their position of power in profound ways. In one case I was preyed upon and raped by a superior officer.”

Years later, Ms McSally said, she tried to share her experiences with senior officers but met with “wholly inadequate responses”.

“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.” …

It is not the first time Ms McSally has spoken about being a survivor of sexual abuse.

Last year, while running for the Senate, she told the Wall Street Journal her high school athletic coach had pressured her into having sex with him when she was 17.

She has previously said she was sexually harassed while in the military.

SENATOR REVEALS RAPE Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), the first female Air Force fighter pilot to fly in combat, said she was raped by a superior officer. She made the disclosure during a Senate hearing on sexual assault in the military. [AP]

NAVY SUBMARINE SAILORS KEPT ‘RAPE’ LISTS  Servicemen on the second submarine in the U.S. Navy to integrate female officers and sailors with its male crew kept ranked “rape lists” of the women, triggering fears for their safety, a military investigation found. [HuffPost]

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