Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) said on January 6 she feared she would be sexually assaulted if the violent pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol that day managed to find her.
The lawmaker, who has spoken about hiding for hours in a colleague’s barricaded office during the violence, spoke about the day of the insurrection in an interview with CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash, which will air. Monday night
“White supremacy and patriarchy are closely linked in many ways. There is a lot of sexualization of that violence, ”Ocasio-Cortez said. “I didn’t think they were just going to kill me. I thought other things were going to happen to me as well. “
When asked if she feared she would be raped, Ocasio-Cortez said, “Yes, I thought so.”
He also spoke about how racism and misogyny were deeply ingrained in the attack on the Capitol and how they “animated” the events that took place.
Ocasio-Cortez revealed in February that she is a survivor of sexual assault. In a lengthy Instagram Live post, he spoke about how the trauma of that assault was compounded by his experience on Capitol Hill on January 6.
His past traumas weighed on his mind that day as he hid from the attackers, he told Bash.
“The survivors have a very strong skill set. And the skills you require as a survivor, the tools you build for resilience, return immediately, ”Ocasio-Cortez said in June. “And for me, it felt like those abilities were coming back in order to survive.”
She has also spoken about attending therapy to help in the aftermath of the traumatic events of January 6.
Since her election to Congress in 2018, Ocasio-Cortez has come under frequent attack from former President Donald Trump, Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits, making her the target of vitriol from her supporters.
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