Sen. Martha McSally says a superior officer raped her when in Air Force

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Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., left, is greeted by Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, as she prepares to testify about her experience with sexual assault while serving as a colonel in the Air Force, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 6, 2019. McSally, the first female fighter […]

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Air Force has apologized to Sen. Martha McSally after the Arizona Republican revealed that a superior officer raped her when she was in the service.
    
McSally spoke about her experience Wednesday during a Senate hearing on the military’s efforts to prevent sexual assaults and improve the response when they occur. An Air Force Academy graduate, she was the first female Air Force fighter pilot to fly in combat and served for 26 years.
    
McSally said she didn’t report the sexual assault because she didn’t trust the system.
    
An Air Force spokeswoman, Capt. Carrie Volpe, said the Air Force is appalled by what happened to McSally and “deeply sorry.” Volpe said the actions McSally described are criminal and violate ever part of what it means to be an Airman.
 

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