Cosby victim speaks out

There’s an op-ed in today’s Washington Post by Barbara Bowman, one of the many women who has accused Bill Cosby of rape. She writes:

Only after a man, Hannibal Buress, called Bill Cosby a rapist in a comedy act last month did the public outcry begin in earnest. The original video of Buress’s performance went viral. This week, Twitter turned against him, too, with a meme that emblazoned rape scenarios across pictures of his face. . .

While I am grateful for the new attention to Cosby’s crimes, I must ask my own questions: Why wasn’t I believed? Why didn’t I get the same reaction of shock and revulsion when I originally reported it? Why was I, a victim of sexual assault, further wronged by victim blaming when I came forward? The women victimized by Bill Cosby have been talking about his crimes for more than a decade. Why didn’t our stories go viral?

3 thoughts on “Cosby victim speaks out

  1. Their stories may not have gone viral because many do not want to be seen advancing the black man assaults white woman trope.

  2. I hear what Eleanor is saying, but I doubt that’s the case with Cosby, specifically. Cosby’s remarks on race have long been roundly criticized for being paradigm instances of respectability politics, and worse. I don’t think people are worried about folks defending Cosby from a left/social justice perspective. In the case of Cosby, I think it really seems to be that it required the very public intervention of a man in order to build mass awareness. Members of marginalized groups have been pointing out the Cosby accusations for years.

  3. Perhaps that is true Matt. It is also true that this blog did not discuss the history of allegations until after a man spoke out about it.

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