Former Arizona Sen. Martha McSally mentioned she was sexually assaulted whereas jogging alongside the Missouri River in Iowa on Wednesday.
McSally — who has overtly spoken about her expertise of being raped whereas serving within the Air Force — detailed the terrifying incident in an Instagram post.
The 57-year-old Republican mentioned she was alongside the river in Council Bluffs by the Nebraska border when a person all of a sudden jumped out and grabbed her.
“A person got here up behind me, and he engulfed me in a bear hug, and he molested and fondled me till I fought him off,” McSally mentioned within the video.
She famous that she was in Iowa as a result of she was scheduled to provide a speech in Omaha about braveness.
“I used to be in a fight-flight-or-freeze, and I selected to struggle,” she continued. “I ran after him, I threw my water bottle at him, and I chased him into the comb, the place he was then hiding as I known as 911 and waited for the police to come back. I don’t suppose they discovered him, and I’m OK.”
The assault occurred round 10:53 a.m. at Haffan River’s Edge Park on a service highway close to the I-480 underpass, according to Council Bluffs Police.
When police arrived, they had been unable to find the suspect, who fled. He was described as a “stocky” male between the ages of 25 and 40.
McSally mentioned she “nonetheless has so much to course of” after the scary assault.
“I’ll try this in time,” she mentioned. “In this case, I felt like I took my energy again. He tried to take energy from me, however I turned it on him, and he was operating from me as a substitute of the opposite approach round.”
McSally revealed that she had been raped by a superior officer whereas within the Air Force — the place she served for greater than 20 years — at a 2019 senate listening to on sexual assaults within the army.
She mentioned on the time she felt compelled to share her expertise and the way it was dealt with after “years of silence.”
McSally was elected to the House of Representatives in 2014. After shedding a Senate bid to Democrat Krysten Sinema in 2018, she was appointed to the Senate by Gov. Doug Ducey after the resignation of Sen. John Kyl.
She was subsequently defeated in a 2020 particular election by Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.