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Martha McSally, senator and ex-USAF Colonel pilot reveals rape

Violence by a superior, when she was in the US Air Force

"I was also the victim of a military sexual assault, but unlike other brave people, I did not report it. I did not trust the system at the time. I blamed myself, I was full of shame and confusion. I felt helpless": this is the crude announcement made by the Republican senator of Arizona and ex-pilot of the US Air Force Martha McSally during a hearing at the Armed Forces Commission dedicated to the prevention of sexual abuse in the military context.

The senator did not provide further details, but she added that she left the USAF when years later, she tried to talk about what happened during the period when the American Armed forces began to be shaken from the first scandals. "I was horrified at how my attempt to share my experience was managed", she said. McSally, elected to John McCain's seat, once enlisted in the American Air Force, was a pilot of A-10 Thunderbolt ground attack aircraft for years. In the 1990s, she was sent to Kuwait and Iraq, also taking part in "Southern Watch" operation. In 1999 she took part in "Allied Force" operation and in 2004 she was sent to Afghanistan to take part in "Enduring Freedom" operation.

In 2001 she filed a lawsuit against the US Department of Defense while she was in Saudi Arabia, claiming that the female soldiers were being discriminated against because they were forced to wear the "abaya" outside the military bases. McSally managed to win the case and Congress passed a law that forbade the armed forces to impose "abaya" on women. In 2010 she ended her active military service after twenty-two years and was dismissed with the rank of Colonel.

The statement that is shaking America yesterday in the Senate.


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