Opinion | This is why women don’t come forward

January 18, 2018

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Political Reporter Editor in Chief Bill Britt and reporter/columnist Josh Moon have done a fine job exposing state Attorney General Steve Marshall’s lack of action when a woman who worked in his office was aggressively sexually assaulted by an assistant district attorney who also worked there.

Men who act badly and others often wonder why women don’t come forward after they are assaulted. Some, like those women who credibly accused former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore of inappropriate conduct, and my wife, Veronica, who was assaulted by the then publisher of the Anniston Star H. Brandt Ayers, where she got her first newspaper job, wait years (sometimes even decades) to tell their stories.

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After woman’s “horrific” sexual assault, what did Steve Marshall do?

January 16, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Steve Marshall, who currently serves as the state’s attorney general, in the early 2000s used the power of his office to protect a man who, according to court records, sexually assaulted a co-worker in an act that a U.S. district judge described as “horrific.”

“He had me pinned with my back against the wall … I kept saying stop, stop, get off me, stop. Stop it. He was trying to put his mouth on me. I could still feel his hot breath on my neck. I felt like I absolutely was going to die. I couldn’t move him because he was so heavy. He kept pushing his hands — he had one hand on my breast underneath the top part of my bra. I could feel his fingers on my nipples. The other hand, again, I could feel he was at the top of my pubic area. And I knew I had to stop him.”

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