Stars who are sexual abuse survivors
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reveals she is a survivor of sexual assault
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On an Instagram live stream on February 1, US Democratic politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed that she is a survivor of sexual assault. The congresswoman spoke for more than an hour, describing her terrifying experience during the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, and opened up about her trauma as it reminded her of some Republican politicians' efforts to make everyone "move on."
"I'm a survivor of sexual assault, and I haven't told many people that in my life," she said, fighting back tears. "The reason I'm getting emotional in this moment is because these folks who tell us to move on, these are the same tactics of abusers," she said about some GOP lawmakers.
"When we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other," AOC added.
According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in five women in the US are raped within their lifetime. Being open about trauma is intrinsic to healing, and fortunately so many others have been able to not only survive, but also thrive. Here is a list of the 15 other inspirational celebrities who have been victims of sexual assault.
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