McSally says she decided to share sexual assault story just two days beforehand

Sen. Martha McSally spoke at an event at the U.S. Naval Academy, nearly a month after a congressional hearing where she shared that she was raped while in the Air Force.
1:53 | 04/04/19

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If you'd asked me in a few months a WBZ near Annapolis talking about makes military sexual assault not just as a commander but as a survivor that wouldn't abandon in the cards. But you know what sometimes. Life which in certain certain circumstances that you got to step up and leave. And I didn't expected be doing as they really expected share what I shared about a month ago it wasn't. The secret to that he tsunami in not may. That I was a survivor military sexual assault. But I never really shared it publicly in especially as a United States senator. So I you have previously often I get an it is time that I know that Evers get a graduate and define the word out pilot and an all the opportunities that I had to served. And now you know I'm also coming in speaking to you not just as someone who's been through all that somebody is led men and women in combat. You know somebody knows very strong passions and feelings about how we need to rout out sexual assault and our military. In other universities but also his and he's been through it as a survivor. I've been asked a lot sense then why did I write it I shared that. Want to lets you know that we had a hearing on a Wednesday. And I decided on a Monday night. As I looked at flew into DC from Arizona Ilich of the hearing schedule I look that we were talking about. Sexual assault I look it we're gonna have some fire survivors bear. Within the military we're having a rigorous. Policy debate about whether commanders should still retain responsibilities. For the decision making related to sexual assault I strongly believe they need to. So I have those perspectives I was gonna share those perspectives that I just really felt that. With victims there on the panel and and my perspective coming not just being and the commander but as a survivor that I just needed to. Share that. In order to sort of complete. The perspective that I have you know from the fullness of everything that that have been through.

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