U.S. SENATE—Today, U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) delivered the keynote address at the U.S. Naval Academy at a discussion about sexual assault and sexual harassment at colleges, universities, and service academies nationwide.

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On why she shared her experience on sexual assault:

“I felt like maybe as a public figure, in the opportunities that I’ve been given in my life, maybe I could provide some hope.  Maybe I could shine a little flashlight to give some hope for people to get out of bed this morning who went through this maybe yesterday.  Or maybe 50 years ago. And say you can heal. You can prevail. You cannot be held back…I really was hoping to provide a little bit of hope for people.”

On the responsibility of academic institutions and military academies:

“America’s mothers and fathers spent 18 years or so raising their kids…they’re pouring everything in to make sure their kids have everything they need in order to succeed in life…And think about it, every single year, you’ve got America’s mothers and fathers dropping off America’s sons and daughters at your institutions, at your universities, at your military academies…America’s mothers and fathers are entrusting their sons and daughters to you…it’s your responsibility to make sure [sexual assault] doesn’t happen.”

Her charge to leaders at military academies and academic institutions:

“I hope you can put a human face on what your mission is here today and going forward.  It’s to do everything you can every single day to make sure that there isn’t another young man or young woman who has a sexual assault happen to them at your university, at your military academy.  Not on your watch.”

According to the CDC, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience sexual assault during their lifetime.