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NC woman's #MeAt14 campaign starts a social wave in response to Roy Moore reports

Camila Molina, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) on

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- After multiple women accused Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama, of sexual misconduct with them when they were teens and he was in his 30s, a Raleigh, N.C., woman's response has taken off on social media.

The #MeAt14 campaign, started by Raleigh lawyer Catherine Lawson, is meant to remind people that 14-year-olds are innocent, vulnerable and unable to consent to sex or sexual contact, NPR has reported.

The allegations against Moore surfaced on Nov. 9 when The Washington Post published a story describing how he allegedly molested one girl and tried to court three others when they were ages 14 to 18.

Three of the women said their interaction with Moore didn't go beyond kissing, but Leigh Corfman told the Post that her encounters with him went as far as having her clothes removed when she was 14 and he was 32.

Moore has denied that any of the encounters were improper.

The day the Post story was published, Lawson tweeted a picture of herself at 14.

Lawson litigates business and intellectual property cases at the state and federal level for Parker Poe, a law firm that has offices in Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta and four South Carolina cities.

Two days after her original tweet, she explained why she started #MeAt14.

"I shared a picture of me at 14 to illustrate there is no acceptable version of (Moore's) story," Lawson said in an interview with The News & Observer. "Teenagers can't consent to a relationship with a grown man, ever."

Others have joined the conversation by sharing photos and stories of their lives when they were teens.

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