US Democrat politician Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez said she survived a sexual assault on her.
The senator revealed the shock she was exposed to because of what she witnessed during the storming of the Capitol building last month, and accused the Republicans of trying to dismiss the riots by using “the same methods of attackers.”
“I survived a sexual assault. I haven’t told a lot of people about it,” she added, trying to hold back her tears.
Ocasio Cortez, 31, did not reveal many details about her sexual assault ordeal.
But she said, “When we are exposed to a shock, the shocks pile up on one another.”
And Ocasio Cortez, who describes herself as a social democracy and represents District 14 in New York City, is also often criticized by conservatives.
She is among the most prominent Democratic members of the Senate.
And launched a scathing attack on Ted Cruz, Senator of Texas, for denying what she described as the responsibility of conservatives for the storming of the Capitol complex that left five people dead.
Cruz had agreed last week with Ocasio Cortez on a policy issue, but she was charged with criticism, saying: “I almost killed me three weeks ago and that is why you cannot participate in this matter.”
Ocasio-Cortez recalls her terrifying experience after she was forced to hide in her office during the revolt.
Addressing 150,000 people, she said, “These are the tactics the abuser uses.”
“I will not allow this to happen again. I will not allow this to happen to me again. I will not allow this to happen to other people who have been victims of this situation again. This will not happen to our country. We will not allow this to happen.”
Cortez also criticized Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican representing Missouri, for joining Cruz in challenging the results of the presidential election in November in the context of false allegations made by former President Donald Trump that the election was stolen from him.
A crowd of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6 as lawmakers met to ratify Biden’s election victory, and Ocasio Cortez described the ensuing chaos as a “zombie movie”.
“We cannot move forward without accountability. We cannot recover without accountability,” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez said she hid in the bathroom of her Senate office during the riots that followed the storming of the Capitol building last month.
“I thought I was going to die,” she added.
She stated that she saw a man break into her office, “shouting: Which is she? Where is she?”
The senator said he was a policeman assigned to protect the Senate but viewed her with “anger and hostility” and did not identify himself as a law enforcement member.
She added that she and her team did not know if the officer had come “to help us or to harm us.”
She said, “You don’t want to admit that you are someone who has been abused, assaulted, etc. because you don’t want to be a” victim, “do you?”
Ocasio-Cortez said she was ready for criticism after sharing her plight of sexual assault with others because it was not directly related to the Capitol riots.
She added that the Senate has made advisors at the disposal of lawmakers, especially those who have responded to rioters, with the aim of helping them deal with the ordeal.
“These people who are trying to move forward are like calling to the next page. They are using the same tactics as any other abuser who asks us to move forward,” she said.
“When you confront an adult, you know, he hurt you when you were a child, and when you grow up and confront him with what happened, he tries to say that what you talk about never happened,” she concluded.