Speaking at a Veterans Day breakfast this morning, culture warrior Roy Moore called allegations that he courted teenagers while in his thirties “an intentional act to stop a campaign” and claimed he has already been “investigated more than any other person in this country.”
“I’ve had investigations by the attorney general. I’ve had investigations by the Judicial Inquiry Commission on more than one occasion. I’ve had investigations by the court of the judiciary. I’ve been in five state-wide campaigns, in which they do opposition research,” Moore whined.
“These allegations came only four-and-a-half weeks before the general election on Dec. 12,” Moore said. “Why now?”
It was Moore’s first public appearance since the Washington Post, citing 30 sources, published allegations that he had dated girls between the ages of 14 and 18 while he was in his early thirties.
Appearing by phone on Sean Hannity’s talk radio show yesterday, Moore did not deny dating teenagers, but said he did not remember it. However, he did angrily deny molesting Leigh Corfman, who was 14 at the time.
Corfman has actually explained the reasons for her long silence. “I felt responsible,” she told the Washington Post. “I felt like I had done something bad. And it kind of set the course for me doing other things that were bad.”
She says that her teenage life became increasingly reckless with drinking, drugs, boyfriends, and a suicide attempt when she was 16.
As the years went on, Corfman says, she did not share her story about Moore partly because of the trouble in her life. She has had three divorces and financial problems.
According to research on survivors, Corfman’s delayed response is distressingly normal for victims of sexual abuse, who suffer from shame, embarrassment, and a misplaced sense of responsibility.
In fact, a Canadian survey from 2009 found that “About 1 survivor out of 5 had never disclosed the abuse” at all.
Only 21.2% of adults reported prompt disclosure (within a month of the first abusive event), while 57.5% delayed disclosure (more than 5 years after the first episode). CSA victims who never disclosed the abuse and those who delayed disclosure were more likely to obtain scores of psychological distress and post-traumatic stress achieving clinical levels, compared with adults without a history of CSA.
Moore’s words are a perfect example of why survivors remain silent. So is the reaction by Moore’s supporters on social media now: they are calling Corfman a liar, accusing her of taking payments for her story, and worse.
Had she told her story during any of Moore’s earlier political campaigns, Leigh Corfman would have been subject to these same attacks and arguments. Frankly, there is no “good time” at which to reveal such stories about a popular man like Roy Moore.
Here is video of Moore attacking his accusers. Watch, via Vaughn Hilliard:
“I’ve been investigated more than any other person in this country.” — Roy Moore pic.twitter.com/32R6JCvI6w
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) November 11, 2017
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