35 women who accused Cosby of sexual assault appear on ‘New York’ cover

27 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

#TheEmptyChair: New York magazine’s Cosby cover ignites dialogue on rape.

As more details emerge from the decade-old deposition of Bill Cosby in a sexual assault civil case, it’s hard not to think of the chorus of doubters who spoke out every time an accuser spoke up. Thirty-five women who allege they were sexually assaulted by US comedy legend Bill Cosby were united on Monday on a magazine cover to tell startlingly similar stories of abuse.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York Magazine is back online after a hacker took credit for bringing it down as they rolled out their cover story featuring 35 women who accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Within minutes, writers and editors heaped praise on the feature, but later into the night, it mysteriously disappeared, along with everything else hosted at NYMag.com, victim to an apparent denial-of-service attack.

On Twitter, accounts identifying themselves as the hackers gave a variety of conflicting and implausible explanations for the attack, ranging from general animosity toward New York City to a personal connection with one of the women involved. But once it was reported that Cosby admitted he got Quaaludes to drug women he wanted to have sex with and that he had a practiced method of trying to seduce the women, a good portion of the backtracking sounded a bit like this Tweet from Jill Scott. The group says it waged a distributed denial of service attack, also known as a DDoS attack, against the site; in other words, flooding its computer systems with phony Internet traffic.

Cosby, a pioneering African-American comedian who played a beloved family doctor on the hit 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show, has become a pariah in the wake of the snowballing scandal. A decade ago, she writes, 14 women had already accused Cosby of rape. “But they were met, mostly, with skepticism, threats, and attacks on their character,” she writes. “Among younger women,” Malone writes, “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.” “I told my supervisor at the Playboy Club what he did to me, and you know what she said to me? Fortune chatted with the operator (or operators, hereafter singular, for ease of reading) behind the Twitter handle Vikingdom2016 via direct message while the assault was ongoing.

Despite being interviewed separately, many of their stories are startlingly similar: that the famed comedian drugged them, then assaulted or raped them while they were barely conscious. Asked for a reason behind the attack, the spokesperson cited a dislike of “new york [sic], Including the police department.” Further, the hacker said that the attack was related to the magazine’s Bill Cosby story. The chair “signals the women who couldn’t come forward mostly [because] we, as a culture, wouldn’t believe them”, the activist and writer Janet Mock tweeted. So far, the attack is consistent with a denial-of-service (or DDoS) attack — an unsophisticated flood of traffic that blocks users from accessing a specific address without compromising the site itself. New York photographed and interviewed each woman separately in a project that was six months in the making before the stories were uploaded on the web edition late on Sunday.

I suggest you shut your mouth.'” “In 1975, it wasn’t an issue that was even discussed,” accuser Marcella Tate tells New York. “Rape was being beaten up in a park. Last week Cosby filed a motion in court against Andrea Constand, his first accuser who has alleged he tricked her into taking drugs before an assault. The magazine’s website crashed on Monday, reportedly due to a hacker – not upset with Cosby’s accusers but allegedly out to avenge a unpleasant visit to New York, America’s biggest city. I understood at the time that it was wrong, but I just internalized it and dealt with it and pushed it down, and it resided in a very private place.” Barbara Bowman wrote a Washington Post piece last year reminding readers that she spent 30 years trying to get people to listen to her story.

Mitigation techniques have grown more advanced in recent years, but the sheer volume of requests is often enough to knock a site offline or slow response time for days at a time. Victoria Valentino, a 72-year-old former Playboy bunny, was allegedly assaulted in 1969 when Cosby took her and a friend to a steak restaurant not long after her young son had died. ET.) The hacker also said that “We wouldn’t be able to do ddos if he”—a man known as the Bitcoin Baron Hacker, an amateur hacker and activist who collected child pornography and despised the police—”did not exist.” While NYMag.com was offline, the magazine’s Twitter feed directed readers to its Instagram page, which features photos of and stories from Cosby’s accusers.

Denial-of-service actions are occasionally used as cover for more sophisticated attacks, but the vast majority are simple brute force actions, overcome as soon as site managers are able to deploy mitigation measures or, in some cases, comply with extortion demands. She told the magazine that Cosby gave her and her friend pills that would make her “feel better” but instead left her fighting nausea and her friend ”completely unconscious.” “He had me give him oral sex, and then he stood me up, turned me over, did me doggy style and walked out. When she woke up, she “had no clothes on, and there was Bill’s friend totally naked in bed with me.” She said Cosby told her he had given her a Quaalude. New York has also published the full text of the feature to its Tumblr account, and a cached version of the story is also available through Archive.org, although not all of the functionality is present. Emmons said she had been devastated by the behaviour of someone she had considered a close friend. “I was hurt with Bill more than angry at his friend.

Networks canceled Cosby appearances, he resigned from several charitable boards, and controversy has followed virtually any connection to the beleaguered comedian. Then we ask them to do this: Think about your most recent sexual encounter in great detail and then tell it to the person sitting next to you in great detail. Last week, Cosby’s lawyer Monique Pressley defended the actor, who has remained almost entirely tight-lipped about the allegations, even as his reputation has been shredded.

It lets law enforcement see, ‘Maybe I need to tone down how I question her.’ The initial response from the public is often ‘Start by disbelieving.’ We say, ‘Start by believing.’ Everybody wants the ‘perfect’ victim. It’s online and can never go away.” “(Rape accusations) challenge our beliefs about the world and the people we can trust and our own safety and security,” Anne Ream told me last fall. “It’s much easier to believe you’re dealing with a confused or unstable or money-motivated person. We get in our heads, ‘Well, I wouldn’t have reacted like that,’ and then we start asking, ‘Well, was that really a rape?’ Victims don’t report because they don’t think anyone will believe them. That’s a lot easier to embrace than believing someone we otherwise know and trust can be a sexual predator.” Ream, who was kidnapped and raped when she was 25, wrote “Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors” (Beacon Press), a narrative account of 18 survivors’ stories. I would hope we’d listen to those victims who have delayed reports and give credence to those voices. @JasBaileyTweets@SimplyBerry@curlyheadRED I’m not dismissing.

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