Tina Johnson was 28 years old in 1991 when she walked into Roy Moore’s office alongside her mother to discuss a custody petition regarding her young son. Johnson described Moore’s behavior throughout the meeting as flirtatious, which caused the young woman to feel uncomfortable. As the meeting concluded, Johnson attempted to follow her mother out of the office when she felt the attorney’s hand forcefully grab her behind.
“It’s not just a squeeze,” Johnson shared in an interview on Erin Burnett OutFront. “You take every ounce of decency from us… I can remember the dress. It was black and white. I never wore it again.”
Johnson is the ninth woman to come out with allegations against the failed senate candidate. Moore has denied all accusations and believes they are the result of a conspiracy led by liberals, the Washington establishment, and homosexuals.
“The day he’d done that, he scarred me for life. I was vulnerable from the start, and he was in a position of power. I think that he wanted to take my power so he could feel powerful,” Johnson told Newsweek.
Speaking out against sexual assault and harassment has always been risky. The danger manifested itself in a horrifying way when Johnson’s Alabama home went up in flames due to suspected arson while she and her husband were at work and her grandson was at school.
“I am devastated, just devastated,” Johnson told AL.com. By the time the fire had been extinguished, all of Johnson’s and her family’s belongings had been destroyed. “We have just the clothes on our backs.”
Silicon Valley tech executive Katie Jacobs Stanton wrote about the fire on Twitter and quickly set up a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign in order to raise money to help Johnson and her family rebuild their home and their lives.
“It’s important to support women who are bravely using their voices to make the world better for other women. I was really upset to see the news about her home today. Money won’t erase what happened, but I truly hope it will help,” Stanton told CNNMoney.
The fundraising page exceeded its original goal of $10,000 within a few hours. The goal has been increased and met multiple times, raising nearly $200,000 as of January 14th. “Honestly, I’m in shock like I was the day it happened. I can’t comprehend all this, it’s just overwhelming,” Johnson told CNNMoney. “I need a home for my grandson.”
The crowdfunding campaign is a tangible example of the support fostered by the #MeToo movement. People are coming together to aid an alleged victim after a tragedy altered her life, and Johnson has expressed her appreciation for the support that she has experienced.
Stanton said that she experienced multiple cases of sexual harassment in her own career, but that she has not had a “loud voice” in the movement. “I’m inspired by the courage of women like Tina,” Stanton said.
“I don’t know Tina Johnson. But I believe her,” Stanton wrote on the GoFundMe page, sharing a sentiment that ought to be universal.
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