Leigh Corfman, who accused Roy Moore of preying on her when she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old district attorney, wrote a stunning open letter to the Alabama Senate candidate on Tuesday. The letter, which Corfman hand-delivered to AL.com, addresses Moore’s attempts to discredit her story with unrelenting courage and biting force.
Some highlights, per AL.com:
When The Washington Post approached me about what you did to me as a child, I told them what happened, just as I had told family and friends years before. I stand by every word.
You responded by denying the truth. You told the world that you didn’t even know me. Others in recent days have had the decency to acknowledge their hurtful actions and apologize for similar behavior, but not you.
On why she refuses to stay silent:
As a 14-year old, I did not deserve to have you, a 32-year old, prey on me. I sat quietly for too long, out of concern for my family. No more.
I am not getting paid for speaking up. I am not getting rewarded from your political opponents. What I am getting is stronger by refusing to blame myself and speaking the truth out loud.
And the resounding kicker (“Where does your immorality end?”):
But when you personally denounced me last night and called me slanderous names, I decided that I am done being silent. What you did to me when I was 14-years old should be revolting to every person of good morals. But now you are attacking my honesty and integrity. Where does your immorality end?
Corfman previously appeared on the Today show to discuss her story. In a particularly gut-wrenching moment, Corfman told host Savannah Guthrie that Moore’s assault took decades to recover from.
“Well, it took away a lot of the specialness of, you know, interactions with men. It took some trust away,” she said. “It took years for me to regain a sense of confidence in myself. And I felt guilty. You know, I felt like I was the one that was to blame.”
Meanwhile, Steve Bannon is preparing to stump for Moore next week—and he’s super excited about it! “I look forward to standing with Judge Moore and all of the Alabama deplorables in the fight to elect him to the United States Senate and send shockwaves to the political and media elites,” Bannon told CNN. Good times ahead!