Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has revealed she is a survivor of sexual assault – and denounced Republicans and those telling her and others to “move on” from the January 6 storming of US Capitol.
In comments that felt both raw and urgent, she likened the aftermath of what happened to her, to how some people were now telling her not to become fixated on the events of that day, when hundreds of supporters of Donald Trump stormed the federal legislature building in Washington DC, as a joint session of Congress affirmed the votes of Joe Biden’s election victory.
“We cannot move on without accountability. We cannot heal without accountability. All these people telling us to move on are doing so at their own convenience,” she said.
She added: “These are the tactics that abusers use, The folks who are saying, ‘We should move on,’ ‘we shouldn’t have accountability,’ etc., are saying, ‘Can you just forget about this so we can do it again’?”
She added: “So anyways. The reason I say this and the reason I’m getting emotional in this moment is because 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 apologize. These are the same tactics of abusers.
“I’m a survivor of sexual assault. And I haven’t told many people that in my life. But when we go through trauma. Trauma compounds on each other. And so whether you had a negligent or, you know, a neglectful parents and or whether you had someone who was verbally abusive to you.
“Whether you are a survivor of abuse. Whether you experienced any sort of trauma in your life, small to large. These episodes can compound on one another.”