I’m a survivor of sexual assault, says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after Capitol riots

WION Web Team
Washington Published: Feb 02, 2021, 11:20 AM(IST)

US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Photograph:( AFP )

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Five people had died in the Capitol riots as a boisterous pro-Trump crowd pressed its way towards the Capitol building wearing military assault-style uniforms as they attacked the outnumbered police.

Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who had said the "close to half of the House nearly died" after the Capitol riots in December, revealed that she is the "survivor of sexual assault.”

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In an Instagram Live chat, Cortez said: “The reason I’m getting emotional in this moment is because the 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," adding," “I’m a survivor of sexual assault.”

Five people had died in the Capitol riots with a police officer also killed as a boisterous pro-Trump crowd pressed its way towards the Capitol building wearing military assault-style uniforms as they attacked the outnumbered police.

“And I haven’t told many people that in my life,” Cortez said, adding,"But when we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other. And so whether you had a neglectful parent or whether you had someone who was verbally abusive to you, whether you are a survivor of abuse, whether you experienced any sort of trauma in your life … These episodes can compound on one another.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had secured a second term in US Congress winning against Republican John Cummings. Cortez said she feared for her life during the Capitol riots.

“I immediately realized I shouldn’t have gone into the bathroom. I should have gone in the closet, then I hear whoever was trying to get inside got into my office. I realize it’s too late," she said

“I start to look through the door hinge to see if I can see anything. I see this white man in a black beanie and yell again, I have never been quieter in my entire life," she said.

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