New York magazine cover features 35 Bill Cosby accusers

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35 Bill Cosby accusers appear on New York magazine cover.

As an expansive feature on the sexual assault charges on Bill Cosby, New York magazine has featured 35 women, who were assaulted by the comedian, as their magazine’s cover. Those who have spoken about what happened include Barabara Bowman, 48, who told the magazine: “I went into this thinking he was going to be my father.

Posting a picture of the cover on the magazine’s Instagram page, the company has captioned it, “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.” The caption further read, “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 cover was released a week after the deposition of Bill Cosby taken during a sexual assault lawsuit from 2005 came out and the issue covers 35 women out of the 46, who came forward with the accusations. Thirty-five of ‘s alleged sexual molestation victims have posed for a photograph on the front of the July 27 edition of magazine, giving their accounts of what happened to them at the hands of now-controversial Cosby Show star. Ending the relative anonymity of Cosby’s accusers, the publication lines the 35 women up on chairs in a visually shocking front cover snap, and displays interviews with the women in question within the pages of the magazine. It is believed there are more remaining silent. “All 35 were interviewed separately, and yet their stories have remarkable similarities, in everything from their descriptions of the incidents to the way they felt in the aftermath,” the magazine states. “Each story is awful in its own right. But the horror is multiplied by the sheer volume of seeing them together, reading them together, considering their shared experience.” Currently, Cosby has not been charged with any crime and has denied the accusations of rape and sexual assault by dozens of women.

In a deposition from 2005-06, released recently by the New York Times, Cosby does acknowledge he gave women the strong sedative, Quaalude, “the same as a person would say have a drink” but claims all sexual relations were consensual. The women, from 10 different states and diverse walks of life, share detailed accounts of Cosby using his power to entice them into his home, a hotel room or to dine with him and then offering them drugs and taking advantage of them sexually. That’s pretty sick,” one of the women, Barbara Bowman, 48, said of her experiences with Cosby in the ’80s. “I felt like a prisoner; I felt I was kidnapped and hiding in plain sight. In what the women describe as a “sorrowful sisterhood,” they speak of their life-long anguish. “The women have found solace in their number — discovering that they hadn’t been alone, that there were others out there who believed them implicitly, with whom they didn’t need to be afraid of sharing the darkest details of their lives,” NY Mag reads.

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?

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