On Wednesday, one of Bill Cosby’s victims saw some form of justice as “The Cosby Show” Star was charged with sexual assault. For that woman and dozens of others that have come forward against America’s favorite TV dad over the last few years, this may serve as a temporary relief from all of the suffering they have endured – but their hardships may be hard from over. Thanks to Cosby’s loyal following and the continuous denial of the 50+ accusations against him, the victims are still being blamed even after Cosby has been arraigned. Leading the pack is none other than Fox News.
In reacting to Cosby’s case on Wednesday, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett said that Cosby’s assault victim had actually created a “problem” herself – because she had taken drugs from her rapist before he attacked her. Jarrett said:
“The problem with the alleged victim here is, she willingly took the pills. She willingly took the wine. Does she bear some responsibility, and does that undercut the criminal charges against Bill Cosby?”
First of all, the victim hadn’t known what those drugs really were – Cosby had told her they would help her relax. And even if she had taken any sort of drug willingly, rape is rape. She didn’t consent, and Cosby never should have sexually assaulted her.
Eboni Williams, a contributor on the show, said:
“It’s arguable, Gregg. One could say, ‘That’s what he says.’ He says that she willingly took it. We don’t know what he told her those pills were. These are just arguments that the prosecutor might make.”
This case dates back to 2004, when Cosby sexually assaulted the victim in his Pennsylvania home. The victim came forward in 2005, but Cosby was let off the hook by the District Attorney at the time. The case was re-opened after many more women recently came forward with similar allegations, and is now the first case in which Cosby is being held accountable.
Cosby himself has admitted that he had given women drugs when he wanted to have sex with him, which Jarrett and Williams both acknowledged. Cosby also said he would force himself onto his victims without asking for consent. Williams commented that it is hard to defend Cosby considering all of the allegations that have surfaced within the last ten years. She said:
“I do believe that [prosecutors are] not gonna bring these facts in a high-profile case like this unless they feel they have probable cause and enough facts to move forward. That’s why they declined to do it in ’05 but we’re seeing a different outcome here today.”
You can watch the footage below, courtesy of Raw Story:
It would be great to live in a society where it only takes one woman to come forward about her rape for an assault to be taken seriously. However, when over 50 women have to speak up and raise hell to get an actor to be held accountable, we are failing all victims of sexual assault. The fact that people can STILL find it in themselves to defend Cosby and perpetuate the suffering of the victims is unforgivable.
Cosby is currently being held on $1 million bond, and there are ten more women that have pending lawsuits against him.
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