A stark reminder that being 14 is still very much being a child
Roy Moore, a Republican running for senator in Alabama, has been accused of sexual misconduct and abuse with teenagers — specifically one 14-year-old girl — throughout his career. Thanks to a new Twitter movement, people everywhere are coming together to show what 14 really looks like. And it doesn’t look like a consenting adult.
Earlier this week, Leigh Corfman, went on-record with The Washington Post to share how Moore initiated sexual contact without her consent when she was just 14 years old and he was a 32-year-old district attorney.
Moore denies the allegations and naturally, there are members of he Republican party who are all too quick to shrug off the idea of a grown man engaging in non-consensual sexual activity with a teenager. At a courthouse. During her parents’ child custody hearing. Because she was still a child. Did we mention that truly despicable part? Another woman, Wendy Miller, says Moore first approached her for a date when she, too, was 14 and working as a Santa’s Helper at the mall.
Writer and co-creator of The Daily Show, Lizz Winstead, started a movement on Twitter using the hashtag #MeAt14 to show just how young 14 really is, and how perverse it is to assume anyone at that age is capable of consenting to sexual activity with a much older adult.
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 pic.twitter.com/HPVzMgaD8h
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) November 12, 2017
Women came forward in droves to share photos of themselves and their own compelling stories.
These photos perfectly capture the innocence of teenage youth. It’s a stark reminder that being 14 means being immature and innocent. Girls and boys at that age should be worried about braces, bangs, crushes, and homework — not sexual abuse committed at the hands of a predator two or three times their age.