According to the New York Times, and multiple news outlets, a fifth woman has accused Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, on Monday of making sexual or romantic advances toward her when she was a teenager. Meanwhile, senior Republicans in Washington called for him to drop out of the race and threatened to expel him from the Senate if he wins.
The new accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, told a news conference in New York that Mr. Moore attacked her when she was 16 and he was a prosecutor in Etowah County, Ala. Ms. Nelson was represented at the news conference by Gloria Allred, a lawyer who has championed victims of sexual harassment. Ms. Nelson said in a statement she issued at the news conference,
“He stopped the car, and he parked his car in between the dumpster and the back of the restaurant. The area was dark and it was deserted. I was alarmed, and I immediately asked him what he was doing. Instead of answering my questions, Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands on my breasts. I tried to open my car door to leave, but he reached over and he locked it so I could not get out.
I tried fighting him off while yelling at him to stop, but instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck, attempting to force my head onto his crotch. I continued to struggle. I was determined that I was not going to allow him to force me to have sex with him. I was terrified. He was also trying to pull my shirt off.
I thought that he was going to rape me. I was twisting, and I was struggling, and I was begging him to stop. I had tears running down my face. At some point he gave up. And then looked at me, and he told me, he said, ‘You’re just a child,’ and he said, ‘I am the District Attorney of Etowah County, and if you tell anyone about this, no one will ever believe you.’
He finally allowed me to open the door, and I either fell out, or he pushed me out. I was on the ground, as he pulled out of the parking area behind the restaurant. The passenger door was still open, and he burned rubber, pulling away, leaving me laying there on this cold concrete in the dark.”
Just hours earlier, Senator Mitch McConnell, said Mr. Moore “should step aside” and that he believes the women who have accused Mr. Moore of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers. Mr. McConnell said at a news conference in Louisville.
“I believe the women, yes.”
Me too. And if I see one more comment that says how “tired” or “disbelieving” someone is as more people who’ve been sexually assaulted come forward I might scream. It must be really AWFUL for you reading story after story.
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