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Arizona Senator Martha McSally discloses she was raped while serving in military

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Washington: A Republican Senator has revealed that she had been “preyed upon and raped” by a superior officer while she served in the military.

Arizona Senator Martha McSally, who is also the first woman in the Air Force to fly in combat, made the revelation on Wednesday during a Senate Armed Services subcommittee hearing on sexual assault in the military, international online web media reported.

McSally said to witnesses present: “So like you, I am also a military sexual assault survivor,” but McSally said that she did not report and did not trust the system to do so.

Te Senator said she almost left the Air Force over her despair.

“Like many victims, I felt the system was raping me all over again. But I didn’t quit, I decided to stay,” she said.

She called the issue of sexual assault in the military a “deeply personal” topic for her.

“We’ve come a long way to stop military sexual assault but we have a long way to go.”

McSally, a former member of the House who lost an Arizona Senate race last year, did not offer any details about the assaults or name the senior officer, reports The New York Times.

 

Republican Senator Martha McSally reveals she was raped while serving in military:

 

She said she did not immediately report the attacks because she “didn’t trust the system at the time”.

A Pentagon report for fiscal year 2017, the most recent available, found that the Defence Department received 6,769 reports of sexual assault involving service members as either victims or subjects of criminal investigation, which was nearly a 10 per cent increase over the 6,172 reports made the previous year.

But according to figures gathered in 2016, annual rates of sexual assault over the past decade have decreased by half for active-duty women and by two-thirds for active-duty men.

A spokeswoman for the Air Force condemned on Wednesday “criminal actions” that “violate every part of what it means to be an airman”.

“We are appalled and deeply sorry for what Senator McSally experienced, and we stand behind her and all victims of sexual assault,” said spokeswoman, Capt. Carrie J. Volpe.

“We are steadfast in our commitment to eliminate this reprehensible behaviour and breach of trust in our ranks.”

McSally flew an A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft while enforcing the no-fly zone over southern Iraq after the 1991 Persian Gulf war. She was deployed in Kuwait in January 1995, and took command of the 354th Fighter Squadron in July 2004.

 

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Nasa finds Chandrayaan-2 lander Vikram with help of Indian engineer

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New York: NASA has found the crash site and debris of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram moon lander following a tip from an Indian space enthusiast who examined pictures of the area of the moon taken by a US orbiting camera.

The site was located by Shanmuga Subramanian, who on his own scoured the pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera (LROC), NASA and Arizona State University announced on Monday confirming the find.

The first mosaic image of the likely crash site made from pictures taken by the LROC on September 17 was downloaded by several people to look for signs of the Vikram, NASA said.

One of them, Subramanian, contacted the LROC project with a positive identification of debris, it said.

Arizona State University (ASU), where the LROC project is located, said: “After receiving this tip, the LROC team confirmed the identification by comparing before and after images.”

When the images for the first mosaic were acquired on September 17, the impact point was poorly illuminated and could not easily be identified, it said.

But two image sequences were acquired on October 14 and 15, and on November 11 were better.

The November mosaic shows best the impact crater, ray and extensive debris field. The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and cast a one pixel shadow.

The three largest pieces of debris are each about 2×2 pixels and casts a one pixel shadow.

The university said that based on Subramanian’s tip, the LROC team scoured the surrounding area in the new mosaics and found the impact site and the debris field.

The impact site is located at 70.8810 degree S, 22.7840 degrees E, at an elevation of 834 metres, it said.

“The debris first located by Shanmuga is about 750 metres northwest of the main crash site,” ASU said.

Vikram lost contact with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) following its launch from Chandraayan-2 moon orbiter on September 6 when it tried to make a softlanding near the moon’s south pole.

In a statement NASA said: “Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement.”

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