There was powerful testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday as freshman senator Martha McSally revealed she was raped by a superior officer while serving in the military.
McSally shared her own experience during a hearing of sexual assault in the military.
McSally was the first American woman to fly in combat.
During her career with the Air Force, she rose to the rank of colonel before retiring.
But she almost left the Air Force earlier because of her assault.
According to the Department of Defense, in 2017 the military received nearly 7,000 reports of sexual assaults involving servicemembers.
And a recent Smithsonian poll found that about two thirds of current and former female servicemembers experienced sexual harassment or assault.
Within the past decade the Department of Defense has dedicated more resources to preventing unwanted sexual conduct, supporting survivors and prosecuting sexual offenders.
But lawmakers agree more work needs to be done.