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Accusations of Sexual Misconduct Surface In Alabama Senate Race

by Sanders Jett-Folk

Roy Moore, who is the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and the current Republican nominee for the vacant Alabama Senate seat, has been accused of sexual misconduct by five women, some of whom were minors at the time. [1]

The allegations began last week when The New York Times published a report in which an Alabama resident named Leigh Corfman claimed that Roy Moore initiated a sexual encounter in 1979. Corfman was 14 at the time, Moore was 32. Corfman said the encounter occurred at Moore’s home in the woods. [2]

Three other women who were interviewed by The Washington Post, who were ages 16-18 at the time of their encounters with Moore, said that they were pursued by Moore, but not forced into any sort of sexual relationship with him. In response to the initial accusations, Moore stated at a press conference that “These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign.” [2]

The accusations grew even more troubling when Beverly Young Nelson, a now 56 year old woman, told her own story about Moore at a news conference in New York. She said that Roy Moore sexually assaulted her in his locked car when she was 16 after her shift as a waitress ended at a local restaurant. She claimed that at the time, Moore told her “No one will believe you.” She showed a yearbook signed by Moore soon before the encounter as proof that she did in fact know Moore. The signature matched other signatures of Moore that were available to the public. Nelson also stated she was not stating her accusations for political reasons, and that she and her family voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. [1]

Despite these allegations, Roy Moore has refused to drop out of the Alabama Senate race.  Moore and his campaign have repeatedly refuted the allegations against him. [1]

Many top Republicans have called on Moore to drop out of the race. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky called on Moore to exit the race, saying that he “believes the women” who made the allegations against Moore. Out of all 52 Republican Senators, 14 have called for Moore to withdraw, five have declined to comment and the rest have stated that Moore should drop out if the allegations are proven to be true. [3]

Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina tweeted “The allegations leveled at Roy Moore are disturbing. I have serious concerns about his prior conduct and fitness for office. He should immediately withdraw from the race.” Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona said that he would vote for a Democrat over Roy Moore. Several Senators, such as Todd Young of Indiana, have said that if Moore wins the Senate election, he should be removed from office. [3]

Junior Danny Morris commented “I don’t know whether or not to believe the allegations made against [Roy Moore], but I think it’s important that we listen to them and take them seriously. If they are true, then he should definitely drop out of the Senate election.”

Junior Ryan Puthamana said “Moore should absolutely drop out of the election. So many allegations have been made against him, and it’s hard to believe that these women would be lying. It’s terrible that so many public figures have been revealed to be people who have done terrible things recently.”

Sophomore Jason Escobar said “The accusations made against Roy Moore are likely true, and they’re just terrible. He should drop out of the Senate election. If he doesn’t, I hope he loses and is investigated for his crimes.”

The Alabama Senate special election will take place on December 12th. Roy Moore has stated he has no intention to drop out, despite the growing number of allegations made against him.

 

Sources:

[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/us/politics/roy-moore-alabama-senate.html

[2] https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/woman-says-roy-moore-initiated-sexual-encounter-when-she-was-14-he-was-32/2017/11/09/1f495878-c293-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?tid=sm_tw&utm_term=.84401ab596e6

[3] http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/52-republican-senators-embattled-alabama-candidate-roy-moore/story?id=51112380