"The reason I'm getting emotional in this moment is because these folks who tell us to move on, that it's not a big deal, that we should forget what's happened, or even telling us to apologize, these are the same tactics of abusers," she said.
"And I'm a survivor of sexual assault and I haven't told many people that in my life."
That day, Ocasio-Cortez said on an Instagram Live broadcast, she hid behind a bathroom door in her office, fearing for her life.
She evacuated with a staffer to another building, she added, and scrambled to get into a colleague's office where she hid for hours.
The Congresswoman equated Republican calls to move on from the incident, in which five died and dozens of police were injured, to other forms of abuse.