NOW Heads to PA to Support Cosby Survivors at Trial
On the first day of the Bill Cosby trial, NOW-NYC led a group of protestors to support Andrea Constand and the other 56 women who have come 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.
In this #MeToo era, we are finally seeing a powerful, wealthy, famous man facing charges for sexual assault. 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 may mark a significant shift in our legal system which has historically required extraordinary challenges to survivors seeking justice – especially in cases of drug-facilitated rape.
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.
Regardless of whether or not Bill Cosby is convicted, this trial 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 to demand 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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