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California Eliminates Statute Of Limitations For Rape In Wake Of Cosby Case

California will no longer put a deadline on the prosecution of rape and other sexual assaults.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed the Justice for Victims Act, which eliminates the criminal statute of limitations on rape, sodomy, lewd or lascivious acts, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation, and sexual penetration. Previously, a perpetrator could only be convicted within 10 years of the crime.

“Rapists should never be able to evade legal consequences simply because an arbitrary time limit has expired,” State Sen. Connie Leyva said in a statement. “There must never be an expiration date on justice!”

The bill had received unanimous support from Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature. The California Women’s Law Center was involved in drafting its language, and local district attorneys and the California Police Chiefs Association also supported it. Six California women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them testified before lawmakers.

Mike Tyson is a convicted rapist, and he now stars as a loveable cartoon TV detective. Roman Polanski raped a 13-year-old and has since won an Oscar to a standing ovation. Sean Connery is the celebrated embodiment of rugged cool, who has openly championed beating women in order to keep ’em in line. Bill Murray has been accused by his ex-wife of repeated, brutal physical abuse. Rick James was arrested for torturing and sexually abusing a woman for three days straight, only to have his image rehabilitated by Dave Chappelle years later. John Lennon is one of the most worshipped artists who has ever drawn breath, and he has copped to battering the shit out of women.
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This is my official nomination of Tempestt Bledsoe for the Natural Hair Lifetime Achievement/Trailblazer Award. She’s not new to this, she’s true to this. I feel like Vanessa is the most overlooked Huxtable daughter, to tell you the truth. But she had some of the best storylines! The Wretched, the Alphabet Game, the “you’re not rich we’re rich,” Dabnus Brickey, Robert…her clothes stood out even at the time. I remember sitting there like “WTH does Vanessa have on right now?” But that’s all good because it was always authentic to the character…all the way down to the hair. The fact that her and Darryl Bell (Ron from A Different World) are together in real life makes it seem that the universe got something really right.

edit–shout out to Champagne925 for the catch–I meant to type “The Wretched” but I originally wrote “The Wicked.” A true Huxtable head, eh Champagne925? Sounds like you’re my kinda people.

Black folk STILL caping for Cosby

1) what are you doing
2) WHAT ARE YOU DOING
3) you should’ve been off that train, but here we are now What. Are. You. Doing.
4) please check your internalized sexism.
5) HE WAS NOT FUCKIN FRAMED
6) just because he’s a nigga don’t mean we gotta ride for him
7) ESPECIALLY because he NOT riding for half of us sooo

The heart of the matter is this: A defender of Bill Cosby must, effectively, conjure a vast conspiracy, created to bring down one man, seemingly just out of spite. And people will do this work of conjuration, because it is hard to accept that people we love in one arena can commit great evil in another. It is hard to believe that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist because the belief doesn’t just indict Cosby, it indicts us. It damns us for drawing intimate conclusions about people based on pudding-pop commercials and popular TV shows. It destroys our ability to lean on icons for our morality. And it forces us back into a world where seemingly good men do unspeakably evil things, and this is just the chaos of human history.