Last week, The Washington Post published an extensive report claiming that current Republican nominee for the Alabama U.S. Senate seat Roy Moore made sexual advances on a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. Additionally, three other women between the ages of 16 and 18 also came forward to say Moore pursued them as well, when he was in his early 30s.
Moore, now 70, responded by calling the allegations “completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign.” He told The Sean Hannity Show that he believes the allegations against him are “politically motivated. I believe they are brought only to stop a very successful campaign.” Furthermore, CNN reports that a written statement Moore issued Friday said, “I have never provided alcohol to minors, and I have never engaged in sexual misconduct. As a father of a daughter and a grandfather of five granddaughters, I condemn the actions of any man who engages in sexual misconduct not just against minors, but against any woman.”
In response to the allegations against Moore, writer Lizz Winstead of The Daily Show took to Twitter to start the hashtag #MeAt14, where she encourages women to post pictures of themselves at 14 and prove that a girl that young cannot give consent.
“This is me at 14,” her post reads. “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”
Hundreds of women have followed suit. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau report Child Maltreatment 2010, 9.2 percent of victimized children were sexually assaulted. According to data from the Crimes Against Children Research Center, 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse. Furthermore, over the course of their lifetime, 28 percent of U.S. youth ages 14 to 17 had been sexually victimized.
Being 14 is barely being a teenager, and the #MeAt14 movement creates a striking example of how young the age actually is. Check out just a few of the thousands of images on Twitter, below.
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