A teary-eyed US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recounted hiding in her workplace lavatory as a person repeatedly yelled “Where is she?” in the course of the revolt on the US Capitol, and in addition revealed a sexual assault in her previous as she talked about trauma.
The remembered terror of the day made Ocasio-Cortez get emotional as she spoke throughout an Instagram dwell video, and she or he chastised these she stated needed People to place the day behind them and never recognise the lingering impression of such an occasion.
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“These 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 apologise, these are the same tactics of abusers,” she stated.
She went on to say, “I’m a survivor of sexual assault. When we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other.” She didn’t say anything about that have.
Ocasio-Cortez stated the ambiance across the Capitol and Washington had began to really feel extra tense and risky within the days earlier than the revolt.
On that day, she stated she was in her workplace when she heard repeated bangs on the door, like somebody was making an attempt to get in. Her legislative director instructed her to cover, and she or he went into the lavatory.
That was when she heard a person yelling and looking for her. “I have never been quieter in my life,” she stated.
She got here out shortly after when her legislative director instructed her to, and noticed a Capitol police officer within the workplace. She stated the officer instructed them to go to a different constructing, however didn’t say particularly the place or escort them, leaving her feeling unsafe.
“You don’t know if that person was actually trying to protect you or not,” she stated.