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Sen. McSally says she was raped in the military

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Published on March 7, 2019 - Duration: 01:13s

Sen. McSally says she was raped in the military

Combat veteran and Arizona Senator Martha McSally told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the military's response to sex abuse allegations that she was "raped" by a superior when she served and that she felt the "system was raping me all over again." Gavino Garay reports.

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Sen. McSally says she was raped in the military

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER AIR FORCE COMBAT VETERAN AND IOWA SENATOR MARTHA MCSALLY SAYING: "Like you, I am also a military sexual assault survivor." Senator Martha McSally on Wednesday stunned a Senate hearing on the military's response to sex abuse..

Revealing that SHE had been raped while serving in the military.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER AIR FORCE COMBAT VETERAN AND IOWA SENATOR MARTHA MCSALLY SAYING: "The perpetrators abused their position of power in profound ways, and in one case I was preyed upon and then raped by a superior officer." McSally, who was the first female combat pilot in the U.S. Air Force before turning to politics, said she did not report the assault because she did not trust the system..

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER AIR FORCE COMBAT VETERAN AND IOWA SENATOR MARTHA MCSALLY SAYING: "I almost separated from the Air Force at 18 years over my despair.

Like many victims, I felt the system was raping me all over again." Her testimony comes months after Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, an Army veteran disclosed in an interview that she had been sexually assaulted in college by someone she knew.

(SOUNDBITE) SENATOR JONI ERNST (R-IOWA) SAYING "I think every survivor should have the right to decide when its their time to tell a story and when it's not their time to tell a story." McSally served two terms in the U.S. House before being appointed in December by the state's governor to take over the late John McCain's Senate seat.

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