August 4th, 2015 12:16 EST
Bill Cosby: No More Reasonable Doubt!
"Thirty-five women who accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault were featured in a stunning and poignant cover of New York Magazine last week, and with their collective stories and cover image, they have changed forever the dynamic of the story.
No more is there room for reasonable doubt about whether Cosby acted inappropriately towards women " the sheer number of women over a span of more than 30 years telling similar horrific tales silence reasonable doubt. Any misconception about whether the allegations were just a few women`s stories being confusingly recounted has been irrevocably laid to rest. That he serially assaulted women seems incontrovertible, supported by his own deposition admission that he used Quaaludes to obtain "consent` for sex. "
I agree 100 percent with the headline that accompanies the Lisa Perez Tighe article of the Post Examiner: Bill Cosby, No More Reasonable Doubt.
There is no more reasonable doubt; any reasonable person must conclude that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist.
My bold statement doesn`t contradict the fact that Bill Cosby is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations has expired and the disgraced comic will never face his victims in a court of law for the horrible crime of rape, although there`s hope that he may at least have to answer in a court for defaming his victims.
It`s impossible for this blogger to ignore, disregard or denigrate the testimony of over 50 women who claim to have been drugged and sexually assaulted by the reprobate entertainer. Maybe our society can disparage the claims of so many women, but Cosby himself, in a legal deposition, admitted that he gave Quaaludes to obtain "consent" for sex.
Bill Cosby will remain in the news for months to come, women are still coming forward with their heart-wrenching testimonies of being drugged and sexually assaulted by him.
The pertinent question is how should reporters, bloggers and just regular folks describe Cosby? For starters, reporters should stop prefacing their news stories by stating that Cosby is innocent until proven guilty is a court of law, and that he has never been convicted of rape. Such a declaration gives the impression that the journalist believes that Cosby must be innocent.
By this time most of Cosby`s strident defenders have revoked their support, and only his legal team and public relations staff are bloviating on his behalf.
It is incumbent on the media to stress the credibility of Cosby`s victims whenever they cover the Bill Cosby rape scandal. There is no more reasonable doubt, and that`s the impression that the media must leave whenever they report on Cosby.
We owe it to the dozens of victims to demonstrate that we take their claims seriously, and that we will heap condemnation where it`s due: On the perpetrator of the crimes, and not on them.