In case you’ve been dwelling under a stone-like surface the past few days, Alabama Republican Roy Moore was recently accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. But the accusation that has everyone talking is his alleged sexual abuse of a 14-year-old. And you thought the weekend news cycle was slow. There have been plenty of reactions to these accusations. There’s been the good, the bad, and then the ugliest of them all. Uglier even than the unshaven underpits of Lena Dunham zyrself.
Regardless of where you stand on the issue, don’t be this guy.
An Alabama GOP state representative said Friday that he thinks legal action should be taken against the women who accused Roy Moore of sexual misconduct with a minor.
State Rep. Ed Henry told the Cullman Times that he is “not buying” the Washington Post report, which was published with accounts from four women and backed up by 30 sources. The report accused Moore of kissing and sexually touching a 14-year-old girl when he was 32.
“If they believe this man is predatory, they are guilty of allowing him to exist for 40 years,” Henry said. “I think someone should prosecute and go after them. You can’t be a victim 40 years later, in my opinion.”
Let’s break down what Henry here is saying. Or trying to say. We, too, enjoy a good ol’ fake accuser prosecution (see JUSTICE! Soldier Sues False Rape Accuser for Millions. And Wins! and YES! Fake ‘Rape Victim’ Gets Jailed for 10 Years). Those who lie about sexual assault should be punished accordingly. Due process. It’s a thing.
But making an ass out of oneself before all the facts come out? Also a thing. And it’s a thing Ed Henry is doing. What we know so far is that WaPo released a thoroughly convincing, detailed victim’s account of sexual abuse. It’s not looking good for Roy Moore. We’re no fans of WaPo ourself, but the column draws from multiple witnesses and sources. Yes, the (alleged) act itself happened decades ago. That doesn’t make the (alleged) abuse any less evil. That also doesn’t make the victim responsible for said evil. That’s not how time works. Try again.
One can’t help but wonder if Rep. Ed Henry would demand the victims of Harvey Weinstein or Kevin Spacey be prosecuted in the same way. In fact, I don’t seem to recall him making such a fuss about those victims’ accounts. Mayhaps there’s a bias looming here.