From the November 20 edition of NBC's Today:
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE (HOST): What did you think in that moment? Did you think, I was just molested or assaulted? Or did you not really think about it in those terms?
LEIGH CORFMAN: I don't know that I really thought about it those terms because it wasn't part of my vocabulary. I’d been reading Harlequin romances for years at that point, and I was expecting candlelight and roses, and what I got was very different. Very different.
GUTHRIE: Did you tell anyone at the time?
CORFMAN: Right after it, I told two of my good friends. And then I told one other, and they told me how bad of an idea this was and --
GUTHRIE: To be with an older man like that.
CORFMAN: Right. And that we weren't prepared for that. When he called again I didn't go. I made an excuse, you know, and I didn't go.
GUTHRIE: How do you think that interaction affected your life?
CORFMAN: Well, it took away a lot of the specialness of interactions with men. It took some trust away. It allowed me to delve into some things that I wouldn't have otherwise. It took years for me to regain a sense of confidence in myself. And I felt guilty. I felt like I was the one that was to blame, and it was decades before I was able to let that go.
GUTHRIE: You speak of decades, and, of course, it has been decades that you've held this secret.
GUTHRIE: There will be people watching who say, “Why now? Why not bring this up over the last few years?” Particularly when Roy Moore, who was a rising star in Alabama politics, ran for election, was a chief justice of the Supreme Court [of Alabama], and they say, “It doesn't add up. Why wait?” How do you respond to that?
CORFMAN: Well, it's very simple really. I did tell people. My family knew. Family friends knew. My friends knew. I spent a lot of time every time he came up railing against him and what he had done to me when I was 14 years old. My children were small. I was a single parent. And when you're in that situation, you do everything you can to protect your own. And I sat in the courtroom -- in the courthouse parking lot and thought, I'm going in, I'm going to confront him.
GUTHRIE: Years later you thought about it.
CORFMAN: And this is 2000, 2001. And I wanted to walk into his office and say, “Hey, remember me? You need to knock this stuff off. I need to go public.” My children were small, so I didn't do it. The second time, I actually sat down with my children who were then junior high and elementary school and I told them a high overview and gave them the ability to make the decision. They were afraid that with all of their social connections that they would be castigated in their groups.
GUTHRIE: You had to tell your kids something about what had happened.
CORFMAN: I had to tell my kids. Right. And we decided together that we wouldn't do it at that time. So when The Washington Post sought me out, I didn't go looking for this. This fell in my lap. It literally fell in my lap. And I had to make a decision. And I told them that at that time the reporters who all, just wonderful to me, that if they found additional people, that I would tell my story. And they found those people.