Roy Moore, Senator Flanagan and Governor Cuomo
By Melanie Blow
First published in Medium
The unceasing sexual misconduct allegations against the famous and powerful include many assaults of minors. None of them are more politically significant than those against GOP senate candidate Roy Moore. The allegations against Moore are forcing the Republican party to publically decide where they stand on child rape, and this decision is as relevant in Albany as in Alabama.
At the moment, five women have said Ray Moore had sexual relationships with them them when they were teenagers, and colleagues have said it was “common knowledge” that he “dated” teenagers. Alabama evangelicals are aligning themselves with the local Republican party and supporting Moore.
In New York the Republican party and religious leaders have also chosen to side with sex offenders.
The public nature of these accusations is bewildering to some. We are not being bombarded with celebrity arrests; only accusations. And that never sits well in a nation where “all defendants are innocent until proven guilty” is enshrined into law and late-night TV series.
COO, Stop Abuse Campaign
A survivor of incest, psychological abuse and a host of other childhood trauma, Melanie now uses her talents to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences. Melanie has over a decade of legislative advocacy regarding children’s issues, and she has been published in newspapers, magazines and blogs all across the country.