By Casey Gwinn, JD
As more and more women come forward telling their stories of sexual assault by Bill Cosby, the denials of Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, become more and more aggressive. He has called the claims “fantastical” and “unsubstantiated”. Others have called for the “presumption of innocence” and have said that Bill Cosby should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Some defend Cosby and vilify the women coming forward just as American culture has done with so many rape victims. Others, like Whoopi Goldberg, say they are going to “reserve judgment” until more evidence comes forward. Most seem reticent to conclude that Bill Cosby is a serial rapist. With the exception of comedian Hannibal Buress and the actual victims, no one wants to call Bill Cosby a rapist.
So, how many rape victims does it take to convince us that someone is a rapist? How many women must endure their “15 minutes of shame”, as Cosby survivor Kristina Ruehli described it, to convince us Bill Cosby is a rapist? How much corroborating evidence must be produced to decide that an American icon is a rapist? Does the criminal justice system’s presumption of innocence even apply to the situation now playing out in the media?Tags: Untagged