AOC feared she would be raped during Capitol siege

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AOC feared she would be raped during Capitol siege

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she thought she was going to be raped during the Jan. 6 Capitol siege.

“I didn’t think that I was just going to be killed. I thought other things were going to happen to me as well,” the New York City congresswoman told CNN in a segment set to air Monday.

Asked if that meant rape, AOC nodded and replied, “Yeah.

“Yeah, I thought I was.”

The socialist lawmaker — who has said she was a victim of previous sexual assault — hid in the bathroom of her office across the street as the chaos unfolded.

Her building is connected to the Capitol by underground tunnels.

Ocasio-Cortez said that while hiding, she heard someone outside yelling, “Where is she?!” from a corridor.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a CNN interview reveals she feared being raped during the insurrection of January 6, 2021 in the Capitol.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a CNN interview reveals she feared being raped during the insurrection on January 6, 2021, in the Capitol.
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The voice turned out to be a police officer, but Ocasio-Cortez said she initially feared the worst, so she sprang into survivor mode.

“Survivors have a very strong set of skills,” she said. “And the skills that are required as a survivor, the tools that you build for resilience, they come back in right away. And for me, I felt like those skills were coming right back so that I could survive.

Rioters clash with police at the US Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C.
Rioters clash with police at the US Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
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Congress staffers barricade themselves after Trump supporters stormed inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.
Congressional staffers barricade themselves after Trump supporters stormed into the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021.
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Rioters seen after breaking into the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Rioters seen after breaking into the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
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“One of the reasons why that impact was so double that day is because of the misogyny and the racism that is so deeply rooted and animated the attack on the Capitol,” she added.

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