GOP Senator Assaulted

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Martha McSally, a former senator from Arizona, has bravely shared a distressing incident that occurred while she was jogging by the Missouri River near the border of Iowa and Nebraska. In a candid Instagram video, McSally recounted how an unidentified man suddenly attacked her from behind with a bear hug and subjected her to molestation. Despite the shock, McSally fought back fiercely, managing to fend off her assailant and even pursued him while alerting the authorities.

McSally is no stranger to the devastating impact of sexual violence, having previously revealed her own experience of rape by a superior during her tenure in the Air Force. This revelation came to light during a Senate hearing in 2019, emphasizing her personal commitment to combating sexual assault in the military.

The attack on McSally occurred around mid-morning near Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, under the I-480 overpass, as reported by the Council Bluffs Police Department. Although the police responded promptly, the perpetrator, who was reported to be a stockily built man, possibly White or Hispanic, in his 25s to 40s, was not apprehended.

McSally, who succeeded the late John McCain and served in Congress before her appointment to the Senate, and later contested in a special election, emphasized her resilience following the assault. Despite not capturing her attacker, she expressed a sense of reclaimed power, emphasizing that she responded with defiance rather than fear, a testament to her courage.

Her determination to process the incident in her own time reflects her enduring spirit, and her story continues to underscore the pressing issue of sexual assault, both in the military and society at large.

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