Bill Cosby Admitted He Drugged Women ‘For Sex’ In 2005: Are His Apologists Ashamed Now? [Opinion]

Bill Cosby Gave Statement In 2005

Bill Cosby drugged women with the intent of “having sex with them”. Of course, that’s how Cosby phrased it during a testimony in 2005. Documents examined by The Associated Press revealed that the 77-year-old actor and comedian knowingly acquired drugs for women he wished “to have sex with”. He would give them drugs that would make them pass out for the purpose of “having sex” with them.

Anyone with the slightest bit of human decency would refuse to allow Bill Cosby to get away with such a statement. He attempts to make polite a behavior that is predatory. A drugged woman, an unconscious woman cannot consent to sexual activity of any kind. If a woman cannot say yes, it is rape.

Although Cosby admitted that he purchased the drugs for women he wanted to have sex with, his lawyer carefully guided the actor’s words in a way that would attempt to keep him from openly admitting to rape. Even so, the testimony was pretty damning. A man who intends to have consenting sex with a woman wouldn’t need to drug her first. But then, a rapist has no such scruples.

Bill Cosby’s released statements combined with the words of the numerous victims have made clear what some people refused to believe — The man is a rapist. But not only is Cosby very likely a serial rapist, he is a man who very likely will never be prosecuted for crimes against the many women he hurt. With the statute of limitations run out, the only thing left is the vindication for those who dared to come forward.

Amazingly, even as numerous women stepped forward to confess, they were met with wave after wave of disbelief. What? Forty women came forward and they’re all liars? There are even those who believed that these women were all part of some gold-digging conspiracy to bring “Grandpa Bill” down.

The rape culture in America dictates that no woman can truly be raped. She must have done or said something at some point that gave her attacker the green light. And this is the treatment of everyday victims of non-famous rapists. When the rapist is a “beloved” celebrity, the criticism becomes unfathomably cruel.

A few women, most notably Whoopi Goldberg and Jill Scott, had drawn criticism for stepping forward to defend Bill Cosby against the accusations. In their eyes there was no proof and no room to judge; the words of the dozens of women meant absolutely nothing. Scott even wondered why the women didn’t bother getting rape kits if they were indeed violated.

The recently released deposition has halted such cringe-worthy statements for the most part. The people who stood up for Cosby and called all those women liars are now left with well-deserved egg all over their faces.

For her part Jill Scott admitted she was wrong. On Twitter, Scott made a series of statements explaining (or rather attempting to justify) her earlier stance, which she only backed away from when the “proof” was revealed.

Perhaps in response to the ongoing backpedaling, Judd Apatow made a rather poignant observation during an interview with Esquire.

“I don’t think there is anything new here. It is only new to people who didn’t believe an enormous amount of women who stated clearly that he drugged them. We shouldn’t need Bill Cosby to admit it to believe forty people who were victimized by him.

I am sure there are many victims who have not come forward. Maybe now more people in show business and all around our country will stand up and tell the people he attacked that we support you and believe you. I also hope Camille Cosby and Phylicia Rashad will now stand with the victims and not with their attacker.”

The question is now is will they stand with the victims? Do they have it in them to admit that these women could have ever been victimized after going through the trouble of throwing them under the bus?

Bill Cosby spent years hiding behind the respectable “fatherly” image manufactured in large part on his hit series The Cosby Show. We know now that was this was never who he really was. In reality, Bill Cosby was and remains a lying, conniving coward and a rapist. The people who defended him should be ashamed that it took a piece of paper and the word of a sexual deviant to make them realize this and not the numerous statements of 40 different victims.

Remember, many victims of rape NEVER come forward because they are made ashamed and afraid. Shouldn’t it be men like Bill Cosby who are made to feel ashamed and afraid?

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