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  • Writer's pictureKatie Breen

This is Rape Culture: The Cosby Mistrial

By now, you are likely familiar with the news that the Cosby case has ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury.

58 women give the same account of Bill Cosby raping them. 58 women said that they were drugged and sexually assaulted by a beloved celebrity with a then-sterling reputation, and many of them didn't come forward until years after the incident because they didn't think anyone would believe them. 58 women had their privacy invaded by the press and defense team, their credibility called into question by the public at every turn, and their every life's decision, sexual or otherwise, laid bare and analyzed in a courtroom and in the press, because many people didn't believe them. The accounts of 58 women were called into question because the account of one famous man contradicted these accounts.

Cosby admitted on the stand that he bought sedatives with the intention of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with.

Yet the jury just cannot reach a conclusion on his guilt or innocence. Because it's not clear whether these 58 women are going through brutal public dissection for attention or money, or to bring down a beloved celebrity. Who admitted to buying drugs with the intention of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with.

This is rape culture. This is why women don't report sexual assault.


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