Bill Cosby accuser Jewel Allison, who claims she was date raped by the Cosby Show star in the 1980s, recently penned an interesting article, explaining the reasons why she didn’t come forward sooner.
Writing in the Washington Post, Allison revealed that being African American had a lot to do with her choice not come forward and report Bill Cosby for his actions.
As she recalled in her article, “As an African-American woman, I felt the stakes for me were even higher. Historic images of black men being vilified en masse as sexually violent sent chills through my body. Telling my story wouldn’t only help bring down Cosby; I feared it would undermine the entire African-American community.”
The story Allison tells of the fateful night all those years ago is very similar to stories of countless other women who were allegedly date raped in one way or another by Cosby, who was much older than them.
In her case, something slipped into her wine while eating dinner with Cosby made her fall ill, and when the comedian forced himself onto Allison, she was unable to defend herself properly.
Nevertheless, as she wrote in her piece, “I did not want to see yet another African-American man vilified in the media. As I debated whether to come forward, I struggled with where my allegiances should lie – with the women who were sexually victimized or with black America, which had been systemically victimized.”
While Allison was caught between a rock and a hard place, in terms of wanting to stand up for women’s rights but not wanting to compromise the rights of African Americans, she explained in more detail what happened to her all those years ago.
As she wrote, “But as I vomited in the backseat of the taxi that Cosby ushered me into after he assaulted me one night in the late 1980s, that Dr. Huxtable image no longer made sense. I felt both physically violated and emotionally bamboozled.”