Former Arizona Sen. Martha McSally stated that she was sexually assaulted Wednesday during a run in Iowa near the Nebraska border.
McSally shared the details during an Instagram video that claimed the man "engulfed" her and that she fought him off.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) November 10, 2023
"She said she was running along the river when a man came from behind her and 'engulfed me.' She noted that she was slated to speak in Omaha, Nebraska, about 'courage and heart, and how to be a brave heart,'" Fox News reported.
"And I just had it put to the test," she said. "A man came up behind me, and he engulfed me in a bear hug, and he molested and fondled me until I fought him off."
— New York Post (@nypost) November 10, 2023
"The assault occurred around 10:53 a.m. at Haffan River’s Edge Park on a service road near the I-480 underpass, according to Council Bluffs Police," the New York Post reported.
"When police arrived, they were unable to locate the suspect, who fled. He was described as a 'stocky' male between the ages of 25 and 40," it continued.
The attack was not McSally's first brush with sexual assault. She revealed that she was raped by a superior officer during her time in the Air Force years ago.
McSally served in the Arizona House from 2014 to 2020. She also previously lost in a Senate run against then-Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in 2018.
The attack has led to a renewed focus on safety for women against sexual assault and the need for self-defense.
McSally is speaking out, doing her part to empower others to stand strong and do more to protect themselves against threats.