An emotional Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has told her followers this Monday night in an Instagram direct that she suffered a sexual assault a long time ago. The Democratic congresswoman shared this fact, without going into details, while recounting what she experienced during the assault on the Capitol on January 6 .
Both experiences – unrelated – have been a trauma, as recognized by the congresswoman. The Democrat has criticized Republicans who want to “turn the page” on the act of insurrection without clarifying responsibilities. In his view, this attitude responds to the pattern of abusers. “I thought I was going to die,” he said through tears about the five hours he lived in Congress.
One of the qualities as a politician that is recognized by Ocasio-Cortez is the closeness to her followers. This Monday, around 9:00 p.m. (local time), he started a live broadcast from Instagram, as he usually does, and more since the assault on the Capitol.
Nervous, she apologized to her friends and family for what she was going to relieve. “Not many people know,” he said, his voice cracking. “I am a survivor of a sexual assault,” he revealed.
AOC recounting her horrifying experience hiding in her office during the insurrection.
“I thought I was going to die … I have never been quieter in my entire life.” pic.twitter.com/t2P6FU3mFU
The congresswoman said that Republican legislators who say the assault on the Capitol was not so bad remind her of the “tactics of the abusers.” As a “survivor of a sexual assault”, she said that these traumas have two faces: the moment in which they happen and what comes after, the reaction of the environment.
“I thought I shouldn’t share my experience of the robbery on the Capitol because they were going to say that what I want is to talk about myself,” he said. In the end, he decided to follow the recommendations of the congressional therapists, who invited to share the trauma.
Two days before the assault, the Democrat said she felt “want to vomit from fear” of what could happen on January 6, the day of the march of Donald Trump supporters that led to the seizure of the Capitol. Around two in the afternoon that day, he heard very loud knocks on the doors leading to his office, as if someone wanted to break them down. But he heard no voices, no screams, no one identified himself.
“Boom boom boom,” the congresswoman described. Her assistant, who was with her, advised her to hide. He went into his bathroom and closed the door. “Where is?! Where is he ?! ”, he heard the voice of a man who entered his office. “At that moment I thought it was all over. In retrospect, it might have been five or ten seconds, but many thoughts passed through my brain. I thought I was going to die”.
Then she faced the man, white, who was looking at her “with anger and hostility.” He had no identification, and what the congresswoman followed, anguished, not understanding what was happening. Her assistant identified the man as a Capitol Police officer, though she didn’t know if he was there to help her or to hurt her.
“That was how hostile his appearance was.” The agent ordered them to go to another building. No escort and no specific location. At the time, Ocasio-Cortez says, she felt like she was part of the long list of people who can’t count on the police.
He was finally able to take refuge with Congresswoman Katie Porter. They looked into the closets to make sure no one was there, and he borrowed Porter sportswear to change into. “I needed a suitable outfit in case I had to jump out the window.
She was wearing heels ”. It took about five hours before they could leave. “People were tweeting ‘I’m fine, I’m sure.’ I didn’t do it because I didn’t feel safe at any time that day, ”she lamented.