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Child Molester on the Ballot in Alabama

Nov 13, 2017

Roy Moore, Alabama’s Republican U.S. Senate nominee, made sexual advances toward four teenage girls when he was in his 30s, according to The Washington Post.

In early 1979, Moore approached 14-year-old Leigh Corfman, eventually kissing her, undressing her, touching her over her bra and underpants, and guiding her hand to touch him over his underwear. “I wanted it over with–I wanted out,” Corfman remembers thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.”

This 14-year-old was sexually assaulted by a then-district attorney who later became Chief Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court. A powerful man, representing the very legal authority she would have to appeal to. It is no surprise she–and other women–have waited so long to tell their stories.

Ed Henry, an Alabama state representative, had the nerve to say that these women who came forward should be subject to legal action for waiting so long! “If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years,” Henry said. “I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion.”

Henry isn’t the only Alabama official defending Moore. Several others are also rushing to his defense in the vilest ways possible. Alabama’s state auditor, Jim Ziegler, told The Washington Examiner that the women’s claims were “much ado about nothing” and further said that Moore had done nothing “immoral or illegal.” Seeking to justify Moore’s reprehensible actions, Ziegler said, “Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became the parents of Jesus.”

These are outrageous statements in defense of someone who holds the law in his hands. Why? So the Republicans won’t lose a Senate seat? These cynical men are actually counting Senate seats in the face of a 14-year-old girl’s traumatic assault!