“I’m a sexual assault survivor and haven’t told a lot of people in my life.” In November 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez topped Republican Anthony Pappas as the representative for New York’s 14th constituency in the United States House of Representatives. An election that allowed her to become the youngest elected to the Senate, she who loudly carries democratic socialism and progressive policies such as health insurance for all and a guarantee of employment. However, in a live Instagram Tuesday, February 2, it is to talk about something quite other than politics that she spoke.
Indeed, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, nicknamed “AOC”, revealed to her admirers that she had been the victim of sexual assault in the past. A bad memory revived by the riots at the Capitol on January 6, as she explained on Instagram. “When you have a trauma, trauma builds up on each other,” she explained, adding that “if you’ve been through any trauma, just acknowledging it and admitting it is already a problem. big step”.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “struggles with the idea of being believed”
Very moved to deliver this testimony, the young woman of 31 years explained to have once again been confronted with “these people who tell us to move on, that it is not serious, that we should forget what it happened, or even apologize, ”she explained. “They use the same tactics as the sexual aggressors”, she denounces, adding that “as a survivor”, she “struggles with the idea of being believed”, without however giving more details on this attack, in particular his age at the time of the facts. An intervention that attracted him the sympathy of many Internet users, who praised his courage to emerge from the silence.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez © Backgrid USA