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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to social media today to recount her horrifying experience at the Capitol Building during the insurrection.
She said she hid in the bathroom with her legislative director while the terrorists made their way into the building.
As they hid behind the bathroom door they heard a man repeatedly yell, "Where is she?!"
"(That) was the moment that I thought everything was over," Ocasio-Cortez said, "I mean I thought I was going to die... I felt that if this was the journey that my life was taking, I felt like things were going to be okay, and that I had fulfilled my purpose."
The man came into the bathroom and directed Ocasio-Cortez and her legislative director to move to another area to hide.
The two later realised he was a Capitol police officer. For the remaining duration of the attack Ocasio-Cortez barricaded herself in Rep. Katie Porter's office with other staffers.
Throughout the siege AOC feared for her life but the worst was still to come for her and the other survivors days after the attack.
This past month AOC has been continually advised to "move on" and forget the attack ever happened - particularly by Sens. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley who challenged the 2020 election results.
“They’re trying to tell us to move on without any accountability, without any truth-telling, or without confronting the extreme damage, loss of life, trauma,” she said on social media.
"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... whether you experience any sort of trauma in your life, small to large, these episodes can compound on each other.”
Ms Ocasio-Cortez hopes her story will help others realise people are still traumatised by this historic event.
She hopes this too will inspire other survivors to share their stories.
Feature Image: TIME