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So far, 46 women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, in some cases, according to a recently unsealed deposition, with the aid of quaaludes—a powerful sedative that can render a person functionally immobile. But these allegations are by no means new, with some stretching back decades—to a time when the culture of rape in America left victims little recourse but to suffer silently, and in shame. Today, the way we think and talk about rape has evolved, creating a safer space for survivors to feel empowered by speaking up and reclaiming their victimhood. And that’s led us here. Of the 46 women who have come forward to accuse Cosby, we spoke to 35 of them — “a sorrowful sisterhood” of women united by their dark experiences, steadfast in their resolve to remain silent no more. Read more: nymag.com/cosby-women. 📷: Amanda Demme
“A woman can not be believed for 30 years? But it takes one man?”
You have to pull back the memes, the hysteria and the banter to see just how serious this Bill Cosby scandal is. And it’s not just about him being Cliff Huxtable. It’s about how it took a man to give validity to 46 women who’ve accused Cosby of sexual assault.
New York Magazine put this into perspective with an amazing cover featuring all 35 women. The accompanying story features portraits of all these women as well as their testimonies. Give the story, credited to Noreen Malone and Amanda Demme, a look here.
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