NOW Supports Cosby Survivors in the Fight Against Drug-Facilitated Rape
After decades of drugging and raping women, Bill Cosby was found guilty in a court of law and held accountable for his crimes – a true victory for survivors everywhere! Despite being disparaged as greedy liars, the 6 women who testified about their sexual assaults at the hands of Cosby finally received validation, confirmation, and a taste of justice.
In the realm of the “he said, she said” defense dichotomy, this case demonstrates that many women must come forward to be believed over 1 man. In the first trial, no survivors other than the plaintiff were allowed to testify and the jury could not reach a decision – 1 woman’s word against 1 man was not adequate.
Then #MeToo erupted and women broke their silence about their assaults.
On the first day of this trial, NOW-NYC led a group of protestors to support Andrea Constand and the other 61 women who came forward with stories of being drugged and raped by him. “We are here to set the tone, and send a message that the era of impunity ends now.” declared President Sonia Ossorio.
Rapists rarely ever see a day in court – especially those who can afford to threaten counter lawsuits or silence their victims with large sums of money like Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby.
The outcome of this trial marks a significant shift in our legal system which has historically required extraordinary challenges to survivors seeking justice – especially in cases of drug-facilitated rape. The mere fact that a wealthy, famous, powerful man can be held liable for sex crimes in our rape culture may indicate a transformative shift in how survivors will be treated – and believed.
We applaud Ms. Constand and all of Cosby’s survivors for having the courage to break their silence and for shining a much needed light on the insidious and under-recognized crime of drug-rape. We hope that this trial will be a catalyst for shifting the responsibility for reducing sexual assault from victims or potential victims to where it really belongs: on the perpetrators and the criminal justice system that should hold them accountable.
This verdict is sending the signal to other powerful sexual predators that “Time’s up!” This is a new dawn for sexual assault survivors and we stand together demanding justice.
Read our press release here.
Actress arrested for jumping over barricade at Cosby on first day of retrial – The Temple News – April 9, 2018
Topless protestor arrested and opening statements delayed on 1st day of Bill Cosby’s retrial – AV Club – April 9, 2018
Topless Protester Arrested at First Day of Cosby Retrial Used to Be on The Cosby Show – Vulture – April 9, 2018
Bill Cosby Faces Trial Again, With #MeToo Elements Now In Play – Deadline – April 9, 2018
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