After reading more, it appears none of the women sought out a reporter or to tell anyone. Someone (a reporter) started investigating, heard from others he sought out teen girls, and followed a trail of investigation that led to the women.
This from Townhall.com: "Aside from Corfman, three other women interviewed by The Washington Post in recent weeks say Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s, episodes they say they found flattering at the time, but troubling as they got older. None of the three women say that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact...Neither Corfman nor any of the other women sought out The Post. While reporting a story in Alabama about supporters of Moore?s Senate campaign, a Post reporter heard that Moore allegedly had sought relationships with teenage girls. Over the ensuing three weeks, two Post reporters contacted and interviewed the four women. All were initially reluctant to speak publicly but chose to do so after multiple interviews, saying they thought it was important for people to know about their interactions with Moore. The women say they don?t know one another."
It's a problem when a 30 something year old man wants relations with a 14 YO or a 16 YO. The one that was 18, is another story.
I think maybe 40 years ago,they typically blamed the woman for "asking for it" by her behavior, or the way she dressed or her past history. And it lingered on for many year. Personally, I am happy that women are bravely coming forward to speak out and feel safe about doing it finally. Obviously there is not Statute of Limitations on sexual crimes. Hollywood is so...well, Hollywood. The recent claims are so stereotyped that we are not surprised and yet, appalled at the same time.
Times have changed. Bill Clinton's accusers were not only dismissed by the media and public in general, they were maligned publicly by the Clinton machine. Nobody took them at their word. The climate today is the exact opposite. Guilty until proven innocent.
Imagine in today's political and social climate if a republican with the political stature of James Carville back in the Clinton era were to say of any of these accusers "Drag a $100 bill through a trailer park and you'll never know what turns up". It would be political and professional suicide, yet it was a perfectly acceptable comment/rebuttal in that era.
"Exactly. Its funny how these 40 year old allegations are automatically accepted as fact, even by the Republican establishment. "
It's not that it's accepted as fact, BUT it looks bad and all these politicians live and breathe by their reputations and whether or not what's said about them is damaging and most of all, whether it effects reelection.
If people truly believed women, why do they mostly all clam up and never say anything?? It's a fact the vast majority of rape and sexual assault is never reported. That flies in the face of an environment where women had ANY confidence at all of being believed. what we are seeing is just the tip of the iceberg of a tremendous societal evil that's been swept under the rug since forever.
The fact that many men are admitting it is a gift from God. To those who are accused but deny it, let their be a fair trial and both sides presenting their case. Innocent men should be able to prove their innocence or at least an absence of evidence of guilt.
I'll assume you purposely glossed over the diametrically opposed political and social climates I was pointing out. Replace Clinton with whoever; Bill Clinton specifically was not the point. I'd like to think you're savvy enough to understand that, but we'll have to see.
"It's a fact the vast majority of rape and sexual assault is never reported.
Then how do you know it happened?"
Law enforcement says this and it comes from talking to people who admit they don't report it or the investigation into related crimes or people. It's the same with domestic violence, victims just don't want to report it. It's no wonder.
Rape and sexual abuse of young girls don't get reported because often young girls are embarrassed and just typically just want to forget it ever happened. Or families hide it to prevent Uncle So and So's reputation. Unfortunately, an incident like that is more traumatic than it seems at the time and they find it very hard to forget. Like these stories, when these girls mature and learn how what happened to them is very wrong, they come forward as adults. I am happy for them that they can face the issues that probably have been bothering them for a long, long time
One of my aunts was molested by her uncle and the family didn't hear a thing about it until the uncle died some 50 years after the incident. She was afraid, ashamed, and was taught you don't talk about things like that and mess up the "family".
I was horrified when I found out and shocked and grossed out.
I think you are very accurate in how these things work, TinktheSprite.
I don't know if he is guilty or not, but where are the other women. This all happened 40 years ago. If at thirty years old he was attracted to 14 to 16 year old girls, what made them stop being appealing. I would think he would still be after them. After all this time, I would think there would be a line a mile long of accusers.
How do you prove he did all these years later??? It's he said, she said. I want to know if these accusers are being paid to lie and by who. A woman can claim rape and the man is screwed without a solid alibi. It's sickening to consider that this is the reality of today.