Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed during a broadcast on Instagram Live on Monday that she had previously been the victim of a sexual assault, before drawing a comparison between Republicans who have urged the country to "move on" from the riots on January 6 to abusers.
"They're trying to tell us to move on without any accountability, without any truth-telling, or without confronting the extreme damage, loss of life, trauma," Ocasio-Cortez said of Republicans who want the county to move on from the riots at the Capitol building early last month.
The representative also compared the members of the Republican party to abusers.
"The reason I say this, and the reason I'm getting emotional is because they told us to move on, that it's not a big deal, that we should forget what happened, or even telling us to apologize. These are the tactics of abusers," she said.
Roughly 100,000 viewers tuned in to the Instagram Live, where Ocasio-Cortez said that she is a "survivor of sexual assault," adding that she has not "told many people that in my life."
"But when we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other," she said. "Whether you had a negligent parent, or whether you had someone who was verbally abusive to you, whether you are a survivor of abuse, whether you experience any sort of trauma in your life, small to large. These episodes can compound on each other."
Ocasio-Cortez also relayed her account of the Capitol riots, saying that she hid with Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) and at one point locked herself in the bathroom when she believed her office was being breached. She later said the person that had entered the office was a Capitol police officer.
"My story is not the only story, nor is it the central story, it's one of many stories of what these people did in creating this environment," Ocasio-Cortez said. "These folks who are just trying to tell us to move on are just like pulling the page — they're using the same tactics — of every other abuser who tells you to move on."
If you are a survivor of sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) or visit their website to receive confidential support.