CARY MOON’S STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF ABUSE VICTIMS AND CALLING ON MURRAY TO RESIGN

As a mother I am angry, as a resident of this city I am ashamed.

Mayor Murray’s response to the many allegations of sexual abuse have been deeply inappropriate and harmful, especially to survivors, LGBTQ people and young people everywhere. Survivors of sexual assault must be believed and treated with respect.

It’s terribly difficult for victims to speak up publicly. How many victims will it take for the Mayor to step down?

His efforts, as a public official, to demean and belittle his victims is an abuse of the public trust. By not stepping down, by continuing to support my opponent’s campaign, he is sending the message that the powerful in this city circle the wagon’s around their own.

Claiming the victims are motivated by politics, homophobia, due to a family feud — or suggesting that children shouldn’t be believed — is manipulative and immoral.

Four months ago I called on the Mayor to step down and I am doing so again today. I also call on my opponent to reject Mayor Murray’s endorsement and his behind the scenes help.

A Mayor’s job is to act with integrity and to ensure that every Seattleite feels respected and safe. We have to live the values we claim to hold, and whoever is in the Mayor’s office must lead by example.