Alabama politician Roy Moore has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14 year old girl when he was 32 years old. A Washington Post Expose reported that three other women were also lured into dating Moore when they were between the ages of 16 and 18. While they thought dating an older man was an intriguing idea at the time, they later realized how wrong it was for him to want to be involved with someone so young. Leigh Corfman said that Moore kissed her, removed her shirt and pants, and touched her inappropriately. She told the Washington Post, "I wanted it over with — I wanted out..." She remembered thinking, "Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over." Moore has denied these allegations. Other Republican senators have both dismissed the accusations as lies stemming from the Democratic party or gone so far as to try and justify a sexual relationship between a fourteen-year-old and a 32-year old. Co-creator of the Daily Show started the hashtag #MeAt14 to illustrate that a 14-year-old is nowhere near ready to consent to a sexual relationship, let alone one with a 32-year-old.
Lizz Winstead started the trend.
She wrote, “This is me at 14. I was on the gymnastics team and sang in the choir. I was not dating a 32 year old man. Who were you at 14? Tweet a pic, tell us who you were and pic to the top of your page
#MeAt14 #NoMoore “
Most 14-year-olds are just in their freshman year of high school.
Who in their right mind believes that someone who just graduated middle school is ready to navigate a relationship with someone 18 years their senior? A 14-year-old is not even legally an adult.
No one should have to deal with sexual abuse from an older man, but kids are especially vulnerable in this type of situation.
This post from Vanessa Phillips shows just how much something like that can affect a person’s life when it happens at such a young age. It took her years to realize that the horrible things that happened to her were not her fault.
Many of the posts brought up the fact that it is not normal for a 14-year-old to date a 32-year-old.
Freshmen in high school should only have to worry about balancing school work, sports, friends, and first jobs. They should be protected from the sexual advances of adults.
It's horrible that Leigh Corfman had to go through what she did at a time that should be reserved for innocent fun.
Lots of people weren’t even dating yet at 14, or if they were, they had age-appropriate boyfriends. Brilliant as Leah’s shirt is, can you really trust a 32-year-old predator with a person with a Peace, Love, and Frogs t-shirt? The answer is no.
But that wasn’t the end of it…