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Sunday
Aug092015

Can we talk about Bill Cosby?

From what I’ve read, at least 50 women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of rape. Thirty-five women agreed to be on the cover of New York magazine and share their stories. If you haven’t read this article, you can do so here:

I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen

Some have asked, “What about the presumption of innocence?” This presumption protects defendants in a criminal case. In the real world, most of us don’t enjoy a presumption of innocence. Just ask any kid who came home after curfew and is being interrogated by an angry parent. If Bill Cosby’s crimes are beyond the statute of limitations, barring any criminal prosecution, then is he entitled to be presumed innocent by the world forever?  I think not.

I don’t believe these women are asking that they be believed without question. They would probably like you to believe enough to entertain the possibility that Cosby is guilty and demand an investigation. After that, you can make your own decisions. 

When the first women came before the public, their stories were immediately discounted. After all, Bill Cosby was Cliff Huxtable, everyone’s favorite dad. As more and more women came forward, the doubts increased and could not be dismissed. What if he really did those things? I hope we can find out the truth. 

Read the New York article about how each woman has suffered and for some, they continue to suffer. Their behavior can’t be compared to having a few drinks to “loosen up.” Having sex with an unconscious woman who cannot consent is not the same thing at all. (It’s frightening to consider he might believe it is the same.)  

How could he engage in such acts without being caught? Was he assisted by others who kept their mouths shut? This story shows how powerful people can abuse the more vulnerable among us who dream of fame and fortune. That doesn’t make it okay for these women to be raped or assaulted. More importantly, why does it take 50 women against one man to get people to wake up and start doubting a beloved celebrity?