Roy Moore’s Sexual Misconduct ‘Common Knowledge’ Locals Say

“It’s not a big secret in this town about Roy Moore,” one resident said.

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Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s penchant for pursuing teenage girls was “common knowledge” in the town of Gadsden, Ala., according to some residents.

“These stories have been going around this town for 30 years,” Blake Usry, a Gadsden resident, told Al.com. “Nobody could believe they hadn’t come out yet.”

Usry added that the news about Moore is “not a big secret,” calling it “sort of frustrating to watch” people deny the stories of the five women who have come forward so far.

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The Washington Post broke the story last week when four women said Moore pursued them when they were teenagers. The most notable of the stories was that of Leigh Corfman, who was 14 at the time and whose encounter with Moore went beyond kissing. Three other women said they were 16, 17 and 18 when they encountered Moore. Following The Post’s story a fifth woman came forward alleging that Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 years old.

And while the stories are just making national headlines decades later, whispers around town have apparently been buzzing for years.

Also speaking with Al.com, Sheryl Porter described Moore’s behavior as “a well-known secret” at the courthouse.

“Him liking and dating young girls was never a secret in Gadsden when we were all in high school,” Porter said. “In our neighborhoods up by Noccalula Falls we heard it all the time.”

Given that the majority of the town knew Moore’s tendencies, Porter said, “It’s just sad how these girls are getting hammered and called liars, especially Leigh [Corfman].”

Corfman and her mother told The Post that her first encounter with Moore, a former district attorney, was outside a courtroom. Other women said Roy approached them at the Gadsden Mall, which was built in 1977 and became a popular spot for teenagers to hang out, according to Al.com.

“He would go and flirt with all the young girls,” Ursy, then a teenager, told the outlet. “It’d seem like every Friday or Saturday night [you’d see him] walking around the mall, like the kids did.”

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“I wasn’t ready for that — I had never put my hand on a man’s penis, much less an erect one,” Corfman says.

The fifth woman to make an accusation against Moore was Beverly Young Nelson, who on Monday said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a 16-year-old waitress.

Nelson recounted the attack at a news conference. She said the assault took place in her car.

“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,” Nelson reported.

Nelson is the first woman to accuse Moore of assault.

Victoria Beverstock, also a former waitress, shared with Al.com that Moore “watched us girls quite openly.”

“When you didn’t smile and flirt back with him, give him an opening, he became rude and demanding,” Beverstock said.

#MeAt14

As more women come forward to share their experiences as young girls, a social media campaign #MeAt14 is going viral.

The topic reportedly started with Catherine Lawson, a North Carolina-based lawyer. She shared a picture of herself at age 14 on Twitter.

“Can’t consent at 14. Not in Alabama. Not anywhere,” Lawson wrote with the photo.

Actress Alyssa Milano, who has been credited for the resurgence of the #MeToo campaign that exploded after allegations of sexual assault against disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein came out, also shared a #MeAt14 photo.

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  • He says that he is going to continue to run for the senate. If the voters in Alabama vote him in, we should implement a motion to remove the whole state of Alabama from the union- there is no hope for them.

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  • Elsewhere, it’s being reported that Moore was sometimes “run off” from various locations in the Mall, after young female employees complained about his incessantly hanging around. All of those adults — including law enforcement and Moore’s colleagues in the DA’s Office — who knew about his trolling for young girls were complicit in his questionable conduct. Some of Moore’s supporters attempted to politicize the issue by attacking the so-called “Hollywood elite” for allowing Harvey Weinstein to sexually harass women for so many years with impunity, but this is not a partisan issue, just a moral one.

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  • Shame on the people in this town for allowing this behavior to continue. No one was protecting the children of that town. This is sad.

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    • You’re right, but they were probably afraid of the powers that be – the men who put ol’ Roy up for ADA. who would screw your ass to the wall if you crossed them. Stupid white people who have more in common with their Black neighbors than they even imagine and nothing in common (but skin color) with the men running things in below average GDP per capita states like Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi.

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    • agree……….he has been lucky to this point………the right family will take matters in their own hands and it would end bad for him. The town is just as guilty…………for allowing it to continue.

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  • Not only was it common knowledge, but I read an interesting article yesterday in response to a NYT opinion piece from someone who knows the culture of Christians.

    They call it girls dating men, not men trying to “date” girls. It’s not about sexual assault for them. It’s about patriarchal power.

    Mother give consent for grown men to date their daughters (notice he days he never “dated” young girls without their mother’s consent). The article named a lot of pastors known throughout this world as advocating marriage to girls as young 14. In other words, get ahold of them before they can form their own opinions.

    That’s why they could vote for a pussygrabber.

    The same people who condemn Muslims for some of their practices regarding girls and women are guilty of the except same thing.

    Just Google “evangelical Christian patriarchy” and be prepared to step back into ancient times, be outraged, and ready to vomit.

    These are the kinds of people running this country.

    People need to wake up.

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    • It occurred to me that Moore — canny predator that he appears to have been — may have intentionally targeted girls without a father in the home. He claims he sought the mothers’ permission — no mention of the fathers — and I don’t believe even that, since 14-year-old Leigh Corfman says he picked her up AROUND THE CORNER FROM HER HOUSE. It’s difficult for me to imagine too many Alabama fathers being comfortable with a 30-something man “dating” their underage daughters. I’m thinking shotguns might have gotten pulled out.

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  • There’s a reason that more anti-psychotic drugs are prescribed in the “low-down dirty” South–like the Catholic and other churches, they excel in one thing: Collusion and keeping dirty secrets of their child rapists/predators. What a bunch of cowards who protect a filthy white man rather than little teenaged girls!

    Southern KKKops will KKKill or lynch a Black motorist for having a broken taillight, but won’t break the knees of a known pedophile like Moore. Why? Because he helped them railroad Blacks into prison as ADA.

    I was reared by Black Southern parents and relatives from Mississippi and Tennessee who allowed pedophiles like Moore to run rampant and roughshod over young girls in the family. I’ve had to maneuver to avoid being a teenaged victim of Roy Moore type pedophiles in blackface. I’m not surprised that all these psycho Southerners did NOTHING to protect these girls.

    As nosy as Southerners are–getting in everybody’s business, they turn a BLIND EYE to the most heinous crime of child rape. It’s incredulous that in nosy-az Atlanta, 28 Black children could be kidnapped and murdered and no one knew or saw anything!

    Southerners and Republicans are the flip side of the same coin. They’re unconditional cheerleaders of pedophiles and human dummies like tRump no matter how stupid and embarrassing he is as president.

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