Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Jason Crow (D-Colo.), who lived way of the violent rebellion on the U.S. Capitol final month, spoke out about how stigma towards survivors discussing their trauma is “killing folks.”
In an interview with “CBS This Morning” on Friday, Ocasio-Cortez, a survivor of sexual assault, spoke concerning the energy of trauma survivors “telling our tales and retelling it.” It’s a “actually vital half to therapeutic and getting way of it,” she stated.
Crow, who served within the U.S. Military within the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, famous that survivors of trauma, “whether or not its fight trauma or different kinds of trauma,” are “impacted in numerous methods.”
“The stigma that’s placed on survivors, that stops survivors from truly coming ahead and getting the assistance that they want — it’s killing folks,” he stated, noting that a mean of over 17 veterans die suicide per day within the U.S.
Crow described being within the gallery of the Home on Jan. 6 and receiving notifications that the Capitol had been overrun and that “rioters have been all over the place.”
That day, after Trump once more lied concerning the legitimacy of the U.S. election, an armed mob of his supporters descended on the Capitol as lawmakers have been certifying the election outcomes. 5 folks died within the violence, together with a Capitol Police officer.
Crow stated he’d no means imagined he’d be again in a state of affairs the place he’d be “fearful for my life,” as he had been within the Military.
Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez gave a play--play of the moments she thought she was going to die throughout the rebellion. Requested CBS why she selected to share that she is a survivor of sexual assault in her recounting, she stated that individuals convey their “entire selves” once they “encounter such a terrifying second” because the storming of the Capitol.
“We reply with everything of our life expertise,” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “And so I felt that for transparency to folks, to know why I used to be responding in the way in which that I did on the sixth, I needed to share what I used to be bringing with me.”
On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez organized a “particular order” hour for lawmakers to talk on the Home ground about their very own experiences of surviving the riots. Practically a dozen Democratic lawmakers gave emotional testimonies, a number of of them way of tears.
As for Republican colleagues who’ve dismissed Ocasio-Cortez’s story in current days, Crow didn’t mince phrases:
“It’s simply horrific,” he stated. “This revictimization and this minimization of survivors — this can be a large a part of the issue, and it has to cease.”
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