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.
Probably worked for an hour to straighten my hair. My favorite things were yahoo messenger, Rue 21, and teardrops on my guitar. This is me, in 7th grade, and I’d never heard of consent. pic.twitter.com/joQHUBcVTE
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.