The media spotlight has exposed men accused of serious sexual offenses on both sides of the political spectrum. It appears that traditional views about the incredibility of the victim’s testimony still persist. I applaud the courage of the victims to point out the abuses and stand their ground under the withering fire to discredit them.

The latest incident involves Roy Moore and a 14-year-old girl in 1979. Now, as a grown woman, she has come out with clear and concise details and a consistent story of sexual abuse which was reported in The Washington Post. The timing of the exposure was just prior to the election for the vacant Senate seat for Alabama and Moore is a candidate.

Considering all of the recent reports of sex abuse by powerful men, it seems to me that the woman may have had an “Ah ha!” moment and was empowered by the women coming out against their abusers.

Of course, this must play out in the court of public opinion. There is no legal jeopardy here. Regarding the fundamental issues of human decency, I think character matters most.

Since Moore is an extremely polarizing figure, Alabama voters must look past their party loyalties and think about what is best for the country regarding their senator. A failure of critical thinking leads to the conclusion that the Republican, even if guilty, is better than the Democrat.

The allegations are stronger than his denial. He cannot even admit that he knew her. Who can blame the victim for waiting to come out, even when she told others at the time? There is no wrong time to tell the truth. Others are coming out to corroborate her story.

The most telling evidence was in a Sean Hannity interview with Moore. He had just admitted his affinity for dating teenage girls. After an abrupt cut to a commercial, Hannity started asking leading questions in order to steer Moore out of his faux pas.

Don Hiddleson, Millcreek