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35 Bill Cosby accusers on New York magazine’s cover

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35 Bill Cosby accusers on New York magazine’s cover.

In the years since women first said Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them and the months since the media started paying attention, it’s been difficult to keep track of the comedian’s alleged victims. More than 40 women have accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, now 35 alleged victims spoke out against the former icon and the culture who ignored them. “The Cosby Show” star was formerly known as “America’s Dad,” now 35 of his accusers were published in New York Magazine’s issue on Monday.

Many publications — including The Washington Post — have reported dozens of versions of the same story: A young woman, often an aspiring actress, is violated by a man who thinks himself a mentor. The cover story illustrates, through photography and personal accounts, decades-long patterns of alleged sexual abuse. “More has changed in the past few years for women who allege rape than in all the decades since the women’s movement began,” she writes in piece’s intro. 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.

The powerful issue comes weeks after previously sealed court documents were released which revealed Mr Cosby testifying in 2005 to obtaining drugs with the intent on using them on women he wanted to sleep with. I could have walked down any street of Manhattan at any time and said, ‘I’m being raped and drugged by Bill Cosby,’ but who the hell would have believed me? 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. The 36th victim photographed, an empty chair, represents other victims of sexual assault who aren’t able to come forward and tell their own stories of abuse.

Nobody, nobody.” These are just a few snippets of the accounts of dozens of women who have bravely come forward to tell their stories claiming they were assaulted by legendary comedian Bill Cosby. Read more: nymag.com/cosby-women. : Amanda Demme The cover comes one week after a deposition of Cosby taken during a sexual assault lawsuit from 2005 was published by the New York Times. For a cover story this week, New York interviewed and photographed 35 of Cosby’s alleged victims, supplementing the story with video interviews with six. “The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study — both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period,” the magazine wrote. “In the ’60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger … But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape.” “In the early 1990s, in my mid-20s, Bill Cosby mentored me,” Lili Bernard, who went public in a press conference in May, said. “He gained my total trust and then he drugged me without my knowledge. She does not say to me, don’t ever do that again,” he said. “She doesn’t walk out with an attitude of a huff, because I think I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them.”

Constand’s civil suit against the comedian led to the deposition — and testimony so damning that Spelman College, a historically black women’s school in Atlanta that maintained its relationship with the comedian long after Temple cut ties with him, said goodbye. “The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship at Spelman College has been discontinued,” the school’s communications office said in a brief statement Saturday, as CNN reported. The foundation was established by Cosby’s wife, Camille, to honor her mother, as the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported; two of his daughters attended the school, where exteriors for “A Different World,” a “Cosby Show” spin-off, were filmed.

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