Former Senator Martha McSally claims that during a run close to Omaha, Nebraska, she was sexually assaulted

Former Arizona senator Martha McSally (R) claimed on Wednesday that she was raped by a man while running alongside the Missouri River close to Omaha, Nebraska.

“I am OK,” McSally said in a video she posted on Instagram following her run. She continued by saying that at the moment, adrenaline was still flowing through her body.

She recalled, “He gave me a bear hug from behind and started caressing and touching me until I was able to fight him off.” But I didn’t let him go that lightly. I threw a litany of swear words at him and ran after him.

It was either fight or flight for me, and I choose to fight. She recalled, “I chased after him, threw my water bottle at him, and followed him into the brush, where he was hiding while I called 911 and waited for the police to arrive.” “I doubt they located him.

The encounter brought back memories of earlier abuse McSally had faced, but she said she had mostly healed from it “as much as I feel can be done.” McSally said she was in Omaha to give a lecture on “courage and heart, and how to be a brave heart.”

She remarked, “I felt like I regained my power in this situation.” “I turned the tables on him when he attempted to seize control from me, and now he was fleeing from me rather than towards me.”

After coming clean about her experience of being sexually raped by a superior while serving in the Air Force, the former senator from Arizona said on Wednesday that she was still processing what had happened.

Former Senator Martha McSally claims that during a run close to Omaha, Nebraska, she was sexually assaulted

She noted in her statement that the problem she raised related to the experiences of other victims of sexual assault and abuse, including those she had personally gone through in the past. She made it clear that although she had tried her hardest to get past those horrific events, in this instance, she was able to take back her agency and her sense of control over her own story.

Police claimed that no arrests had been made as of Thursday morning after an unsuccessful search for the culprit, who was described as a stocky-built, white or Hispanic person between the ages of 25 and 40.

Sgt. John Focht of the department’s criminal investigation division stated via email later on Thursday, “We do have a suspect identified but are not ready to release anything further.”

During her 26 years in the Air Force, McSally came forward in 2019 to disclose that she had been sexually assaulted by a senior officer. “Like so many women and men, I didn’t trust the system at the time,” the woman claimed, which is why she failed to report the assault when it originally occurred.

She stated, “That wasn’t a conscious decision that I made,” in her own words. I just did what I felt.

Following her defeat in a special election to fill the late Sen. John McCain’s seat, McSally resigned from the Senate in 2020.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is an anti-sexual violence organization that estimates that one in six American women have experienced an attempted or successful rape at some point in their lives.

The organization claims that more than two out of every three incidents—across both genders—go unreported.

Following her defeat in a special election to fill the late Sen. John McCain’s seat, McSally resigned from the Senate in 2020.

The organization claims that more than two out of every three incidents—across both genders—go unreported.

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