Social media customers are sharing pictures of themselves on the age of 14 as a reminder that youngsters are too younger to consent.
The hashtag #MeAt14 started circulating on-line in response to allegations that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore engaged in a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old when he was 32. There are a number of different allegations that Moore pursued sexual relations with teenage ladies.
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The social media dialog was sparked by Twitter consumer Cat Lawson.
“The purpose is you’re a child, you’re a baby,” Lawson mentioned throughout an interview. “And the accountability of adults round youngsters is to guard them.”
Others, together with celebrities reminiscent of actress Alyssa Milano and journalist Katie Couric, additionally posted pictures with the hashtag. They shared tales of what their life was like at 14.
“I used to be harmless,” Milano wrote.
Others used the hashtag to share their very own tales of sexual abuse as youngsters.
“An image across the age when as a teen #MeAt14 once I was sexually assaulted, over 40 years in the past,” one Twitter consumer by the title of Timothy McBride wrote.
“I didn’t report it, nor inform anybody, since I didn’t understand it was assault. I do now. That doesn’t imply it didn’t occur.”
Because the Washington Put up reported on the allegations final week, a number of public figures have come ahead defending Moore, saying youngsters consented to the alleged relations and that they occurred a few years in the past.
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Moore himself has maintained that the allegations are “faux information.” On Monday, an announcement was given by his fifth accuser, Beverly Nelson, who alleged Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teen within the 1970s.
Nelson spoke of 1 incident particularly, the place she alleged Moore supplied to drive her dwelling from work however then proceeded to assault her. She mentioned he groped her, then squeezed her neck, leaving it black and blue for days.
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“Mr. Moore started groping me, placing his arms on my breasts,” she mentioned. “I attempted combating him off whereas yelling at him to cease, however as an alternative of stopping, he started squeezing my neck making an attempt to power my head into his crotch.”
When she fought again, he gave up and allegedly informed her: “You’re only a youngster,” including, “I’m the district lawyer, if you happen to inform anybody about this, nobody will ever consider you.”
Nelson additionally spoke intimately about Moore’s flirtatious behaviour along with her whereas she labored at a restaurant he recurrently dined at, noting one incident the place he signed her yearbook.
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“To a sweeter extra lovely woman I couldn’t say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore,” the message learn.
The Republican candidate, who has been urged to step apart by a number of politicians, denied the allegations: “I can inform you with out hesitation that is completely false. I by no means did what she mentioned I did. I don’t even know the lady,” Moore mentioned.
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Now, with the controversy surrounding Moore growing, and the many individuals sharing their tales with #MeAt14, Lawson hopes the dialog will maintain going.
“I undoubtedly hope that the individuals who have come ahead, and the individuals who have platforms far bigger than mine ever can be, do use it to maintain this dialog going.”
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