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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) opened up about her experience as a sexual assault survivor on an emotional Instagram Live with her followers, after recounting hiding in a bathroom in her office for the January 6 Capitol riots, highlighting the trauma she felt that day as a survivor and the grave danger that Capitol lawmakers faced.


In the direct watched by more than 150,000 people, Ocasio-Cortez said she thought she was going to die after seeing a white man in a black beanie knocking on her office door shouting, “Where is she? Where is she? ”As she was locked in the bathroom.

The man turned out to be a Capitol Police officer, but the MP said the experience rocked her as the officer engaged in a ‘hostile’ manner with her and gave her vague instructions on where to seek shelter.

Eventually, she and her team left her office and found refuge in the offices of Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.)

The Democratic MP then denounced calls by Republican leaders to “move on” with the attack, comparing their statements to tactics often used by attackers against their victims.

Ocasio-Cortez was particularly scathing in his assessment of the Senses. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Claiming they emboldened the rioters by supporting the former president’s unsubstantiated protests against the 2020 election results.

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“These people (Republicans) are telling us to move on, it’s okay, that we should forget what happened, even telling us we should apologize – these are the same tactics as the abusers, ”Ocasio-Cortez said. “I am a sexual assault survivor. And I haven’t said that to a lot of people in my life. But when we go through trauma, the traumas make each other worse. “

Key context

Ocasio-Cortez, who won his second term last year, is among the most prominent progressive leaders in Congress and is the subject of extreme hatred for members of the far right. Last month, the MP Talk about her fear on the day of the Capitol attack that her fellow Republicans would divulge her location to the crowd, putting her in danger of being kidnapped, or worse. At the time, she said she experienced a “very close encounter where I thought I was going to die” that day, but did not give many details for safety reasons. Later that month, the US Department of Justice announced it had charges against him against a man from Texas who allegedly participated in the capture of the Capitol and threatened on social media to kill Ocasio-Cortez. The man, Garret Miller was ordered to stay in federal custody until his trial.

Further reading

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Thought I Was Going To Die” During Capitol Takeover (Forbes)

AOC Says It May Be Time To ‘Tame’ Media After DC Riots – And Fox News Is Already Hysterical (Forbes)