I NEED TO SAY SOMETHING, and #Alabama, I need you to hear me..
When I was 16, living in Huntsville, AL with my mom, I was modeling and had recently gotten representation for my dance career in Atlanta with a professional dance agency. I was soon introduced to a man who was going to “help my career” in the entertainment industry. He was also a Christian musician heavily involved in the Huntsville Christian and business communities. He took me out for my 17th birthday. I spent more and more time with him. He made me uncomfortable and I couldn’t stand him, but I didn’t feel like I had a choice. There was a tremendous amount of pressure on me, and before I knew it, he began referring to me as his girlfriend and we were “dating”. I couldn’t find the nerve to say something and I didn’t know what to do as it went on for months. I felt frozen, paralyzed, and I didn’t know how to get out of this situation that never felt right to me. One day, I found out that he was 31, and I was finally able to work up the courage to get out and tell him never to contact me again. I knew he was too old and I felt betrayed, hurt, and taken advantage of. I plan to share more details about my story soon, but this needs to be said now, as I write this with my hands shaking.. Please believe me when I tell you that my life has never been the same since this man. I have battled with severe depression, not wanting to live, a major lack of confidence, and extreme problems with intimacy from the trauma that I experienced. I am not the only 16-17 year old this man preyed on.
The trauma has never gone away and probably never will, but it has given me purpose in life because I know that I can help other young girls and do my best to hold Alabama accountable for its ridiculously demented law system. There are no laws that protect minors ages 16 and 17 year olds, they are treated as adults in almost all of the laws involving sex crimes. Let me be the warning: this is not okay. Mothers, fathers, parents, family, friends: please speak out and raise awareness to protect the children of Alabama. And I beg you, please do not elect a child predator to hold office #nomoore #roymoore #dougjones #metoo