How is it possible that a man who is so well known and regarded in the entertainment business as is true of Bill Cosby, could get along for so long lying about his horrific behavior against young women who were looking to be mentored? Instead, 35 of them have come forward aged between 20 and 80 stating that Cosby drugged them with Quaaludes, which can render a person functionally immobile. He then pursued them for sex, as reported in Cosby’s deposition for the Constand case, made available to the public in July, 2015. Andrea Constand was a former basketball star who met Cosby at Temple University where she worked and where he was on the Board of Directors back in 2005. It is alleged that Cosby drugged her and then digitally penetrated her.
How an educated man could believe that drugging and then forcing himself on a woman would not constitute rape is beyond me. However, what we do know of the predators of this sort of crime, is that they rarely if ever think that their is anything wrong with their behavior. I don’t believe that the modeling agency who he told to send him woman who were financially strapped to mentor, would have ever believed that the women they sent over would be drugged and sexually molested by the very person who set himself up to be a helpful hand on their way to celebrity.
Bill Cosby told the women that they may as well keep their mouths shut because no one would believe them anyway. For many of them that helped to keep Cosby’s despicable behavior out of the news from the mid 1960’s to 2005 when these assaults took place.
I have written a few posts a few weeks back about how to get help for rape victims, so I am not going to concentrate this article on that subject. What I am going to do though, is to explain how it is that rape has been so hard to be understood for the terrible crime it is through the decades.
In the 60’s no one had heard the term “acquaintance rape” because rape was understood as being committed by a stranger. By the 70’s and 80’s the “No Means No” campaign took place that It became known that 80 to 90 percent of the victims knew their attackers.
Still the culture of shame and the silence that went with it continued. This is understandable in the sense that it is easier to blame the victim then to listen to the terrible stories that women who have been sexually assaulted have to tell. However, it is only going to change when brave people such as the women who have been attacked by Cosby are willing to go on the record telling their stories. Because, those with power and wealth are always going to believe that they can get away with these acts, it is even more important to call them out. Celebrities are only human after all and need to be kept to the same level of behavior as the rest of society.
If you want to read one of the best articles that I have found on this case from which much of the information in this article is based, go to http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/07/bill-cosbys-accusers-speak-out.html?mid=emailshare_thecut.
It is an article written by Noreen Malone and Amanda Demme for New York Magazine called ‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby And the Culture that Wouldn’t Listen.
Included in the article are some of the women telling their stories which you will find are very similar in content.
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