Viral #MeAt14 Hashtag Illustrates Why the Roy Moore Sex Allegations Are so Disgusting

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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.

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

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.

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.

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…

It seems like kids these days are more fashion-savvy now and somehow get to skip the awkward braces phase that a lot of us went through, but they’re still kids. They should be treated as such.

She wrote, “I was in the Glee Club and an art student. I made ribbon barettes and I babysat on weekends. A geek… Aggressive boys made me super uncomfortable then. Aggressive men make me super uncomfortable now. 

If you’re young enough to be grounded, you’re not mature enough to navigate a relationship with an assistant district attorney. No 32-year-old should be asking for a 14-year-old’s phone number with the intention of dating her.

Twitter user @bcksmth illustrated how something like this can affect a kid’s life in such a drastic way. Joy Reid wrote, “The thread that Lizz created is powerful indeed. Fourteen-year-olds are children, not dating material for 30-something-year-old men.” We hope that the added awareness of sexual assault issues lately will help put an end to them.