AOC says she’s a survivor of sexual assault

AOC says she’s a survivor of sexual assault

Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez revealed during an Instagram Live on Monday night that she is a survivor of a sexual assault.

Hiding in the bathroom in her office behind the door, she said, "I just start to hear these yells: 'Where is she?"

But the man yelling ended up being a Capitol Police officer, who, she said, failed to communicate with her group where their extraction point was or to escort them to it.

Ocasio-Cortez was present during the Capitol riots, in which Trump protestors, urged on by the former President, stormed DC's capitol and engaged in looting and aggressive behaviours. I should have gone in the closet, then I hear whoever was trying to get inside got into my office.

At the same time, Ocasio-Cortez was looking for clothes to change into, out of fear that her normal congressional attire would make her stand out from the crowd in the case she had to escape outside.

Ocasio-Cortez herself is an example of this; in the 2018 midterm election primaries, she defeated Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley - a 10-term incumbent - in what was widely seen as the biggest upset victory in years.

"We are not safe with people who hold positions of power who are willing to endanger the lives of others if they think it will score them a political point", she said.

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'And I'm a survivor of sexual assault, I haven't told many people that in my life, ' she said as her voice began to break.

The congresswoman went on to tell the more than 130,000 viewers that no matter what kind of abuse or neglect they have experienced, "trauma compounds on each other".

Ms Ocasio-Cortez said she had been harassed by those she identified as Trump fans for days in the lead-up to the riot, and other members of Congress had warned her to be "careful". She only made the revelation to provide context for what she's clearly going through now.

Overall, federal authorities have charged more than 150 people in the Capitol siege. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of trying to get her killed. I would do it again.

"Everybody knew that something was going to happen", she said.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been widely praised on Twitter for her honesty, and for explaining the effect of the riots psychologically.

Porter corroborated Ocasio-Cortez's story during an interview with MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, adding that, in the moment, the NY congresswoman is "really usually unfailingly polite and very personable and she wasn't really even talking to me".

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