McSally, 52, was speaking at a hearing for the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel on how the military handles sexual abuse within its ranks. "I felt like the system was raping me all over again".
Representative Martha McSally speaks as US President Donald Trump looks on during a "Make America Great" rally in Mesa, Arizona on October 19, 2018.
"We must allow them to live up to the moral responsibilities that come with being a commander", she said.
Then McSally revealed her own experience with abuse - as she said she would use her "voice and unique experience to work on this mission to stop military sexual assault for good". "I blame myself. I was ashamed and confused".
It said the Pentagon received 6,769 reports of sexual assault involving service members as either victims or subjects of criminal investigation. She didn't name any names. She said that's why the public must demand that higher-ranking officials be part of the solution.
Reports of sexual assaults across the military jumped almost 10 percent in 2017 - a year that also saw an online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the Defense Department. McSally said she was "horrified" at how her attempt to share her experiences was handled and that she nearly left the Air Force.
Gillibrand's top proposal would take the decision for prosecuting sexual assaults and most other crimes out of the military's chain of command.
During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on sexual assault in the military on Wednesday, Arizona Sen.
"Like so many women and men, I didn't trust the system".
The article said that the coach, who was 20 years older than her, coerced her into sex. McSally, who served in the Air Force from 1988-2010, shared this experience for the first time publicly, calling for change from outside and within the military ranks. Jeff Flake's Senate seat past year, McSally said she had been abused by a high school track coach when she was a teenager. The seat was filled temporarily by former Senator Jon Kyl, who served only a few months before stepping down.