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 fact Cosby’s leaked confession holds more weight than the voices of over 40 women who have come out with accusations against him over the years, is horrifying. We needed “proof” before we could believe the victims. Jill Scott came out last nightto condemn Cosby after vigorously defending him last year, but added that all she needed was “proof” that he did it – as if the stories of 40 women from all different walks of life were not enough to suggest that he is rapist.
Restrictions on how long charges can be brought after the alleged commission of a crime exist primarily to prevent the deterioration of evidence, but also to promote public order, protect criminal defendants who may have a harder time guarding themselves against long-ago accusations, and encourage plaintiffs to bring cases or report crimes swiftly.
Those are laudable goals that make sense in theory. But in practice, they undermine justice for survivors.
Most sexual assault survivors don’t report the crime right away, especially if the perpetrator is someone they know — which applies in about four-fifths of cases. Data from the Department of Justice indicates that rape and sexual assault are the least reported violent crimes, with only around a third of victims reporting. Even when survivors do go to the police, law enforcement routinely fails to fully investigate their claims. Nationwide, as many as 500,000 rape kits still await testing.
Among the reasons survivors don’t go to the police, one is the well-founded fear they won’t be believed; another is that they may be accused of lying or even be prosecuted themselves. Cases where the accused and the accuser know each other, or where there is little physical evidence, are especially difficult to prove.
Even evidence doesn’t guarantee a prosecution. In the 24 states where there is no DNA exemption to the statute of limitations, if a rape kit finally is tested and there’s a match, the victim is out of luck if it has been too long.
It shouldn’t take multiple accusers to bring about a full investigation, but that’s sometimes the reality. The allegations against Mr. Cosby span decades. Once one woman speaks up, others may find the courage to do so. According to New York City crime figures, the number of women willing to report rapes that occurred in previous years is rising rapidly — a phenomenon that has been called “the Cosby effect.” Those survivors shouldn’t miss their day in court because they were too traumatized or too scared of possible repercussions to speak out sooner.