Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez has shared distressing details about her experience on January 6 throughout a more than one-hour broadcast on Instagram Live.
She spoke of hiding in her office as the mob breached the Capitol and how she hid behind the door in a bathroom as she heard people ransacking the rooms outside. Here’s what you need to know.
In an Instagram Live that she posted earlier this week, the Congresswoman pointed out that it hasn’t been easy to “move on” from the Capitol riots from last month as she is constantly being reminded of the same tactics that her abuser had also made in the past.
She for the first time recounted in detail what she had earlier described her near-death experience during the attempted insurrection by Donald Trump supporters.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says That She’s A Sexual Assault Survivor
“These folks who tell us to ‘move on,’ that it’s not a big deal, that we should forget what happened or even telling us to apologize — these are the same tactics of abusers,” she said. “And I’m a survivor of sexual assault.”
As rioters threatened to breach the Capitol on Jan. 6, a staffer rushed into Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s office and told her to hide. Soon after she ran into a bathroom, she heard noise.
Hiding in the bathroom in her office behind the door, she said, “I just start to hear these yells: ‘Where is she? Where is she?’ This was the moment where I thought it was over.”
AOC went on to say that those in Congress who are telling her “to move on,” or even apologize, following the violent insurrection at the Capitol in January were using “the same tactics of abusers.”
“The reason I say this and the reason I’m getting emotional in this moment is because these folks who tell us to move on, that it’s not a big deal, that we should forget what’s happened, or even telling us to apologize. These are the same tactics of abusers. And, um, I’m a survivor of sexual assault,” Ocasio-Cortez said. The congresswoman did not share details of the assault.
“And I haven’t told many people that in my life. But when we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other. And so, whether you had a negligent or a neglectful parent, and — or whether you had someone who was verbally abusive to you, whether you are a survivor of abuse, whether you experience any sort of trauma in your life, small to large — these episodes can compound on one another.”
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