Democratic House of Representatives member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Monday night in a live Instagram post that she had previously experienced sexual assault.
She spoke about it in the context of her trauma from the U.S. Capitol Rebellion last month. The New York Democrat spoke at length about Jan. 6 – what she experienced during the riots. She notes that those who tell her to “move on” or even apologize after the violent uprising at the Capitol in January used “the same rapist tactics.”
“The reason I say this, and the reason I’m getting emotional now, is that these people who are telling us to move on, that we should forget what happened or even ask us to apologize are acting like rapists. And yes, I have experienced sexual assault,” Ocasio-Cortez said. The congresswoman did not give details of the attack.
During more than an hour-long Instagram Live broadcast, Ocasio-Cortez recounted how on Jan. 6, during the Capitol riot, a man entered her office unannounced and began pounding on the doors. “I thought I was going to die,” Ocasio-Cortez said. She managed to hide in the bathroom. “All I could hear was these screams, ‘Where is she? Where is she?” recalled Ocasio-Cortez during a live Instagram feed. It wasn’t until moments later, when an officer told her it was OK to come out, that she realized it was a Capitol Police officer.