The Huffington Post published an article Monday titled, “Bill Cosby Isn’t the Exception, He’s The Rule,” which argued that President Donald Trump is like Bill Cosby and that women always get the short end of the stick.
The article follows the Cosby sexual assault case that was declared a mistrial Saturday by Judge Steven O’Neill after 52 hours of deliberations and failure to reach a unanimous decision.
Andrea Constand, who brought the case against Cosby, says that in 2004 he tricked her into taking pills which incapacitated her, after which he sexually assaulted her. Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in December 2015 after Constand decided to press charges.
Bill Cosby’s guilt was all but decided in late 2014 by “the court of public opinion” when women started pouring out stories on an almost daily basis wrote Executive Women’s Editor Emma Gray in her article. She adds that “it felt like, for the first time, people were listening.”
“This was before the country had collectively propped up a man who bragged about grabbing women’s pussies without consent to our highest office. It was before more than 15 women had publicly accused a candidate for President of the United States of sexual assault with little to no tangible impact on his support,” wrote Gray. She added that with both Trump and Cosby, “we’re reminded that women are viewed as unreliable narrators … and that powerful men … are assumed to be victims.”
“Before the Cosby trial began, justice felt somewhat inevitable. Because in a situation like this one, it just feels like it should be,” wrote Gray. Because Cosby allegedly assaulted up to 60 women who tell “explicit, horrifying and similar” stories that “paint a picture of a serial and methodical sexual predator who used his celebrity to exploit women,” he appears guilty of the crime despite a contrasting jury ruling, according to HuffPo.
Gray lists the challenges that face alleged victims including the statutes of limitations preventing victims who wait to speak out from seeking criminal charges, the “lack of sensitivity training” in police departments, and questions about timeline, drinking, or talking to the accused after the alleged crime.
“Not only are sexual assaults underreported, but according to RAINN, just 7 out of every 1,000 rapists will see a felony conviction according to data from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS),” Gray wrote. Other data drawn from U.S. Crime reports, however, shows that only 7.8 percent of rape reports are true.
Gray wrote that statistically women always lose and that’s why Constand didn’t see justice.
“In many ways, his situation was the exception but at the end of the day, he’s the rule.”
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