Four ex-Vanderbilt football players violently gang raped a fellow student in June of 2013. And today, in the year 2015 of our lord and savior, much like characters in a Jacobean play, those men are claiming drunkenness as their defense in an actual court of law.
“I was drunk” is not a passable defense for a DUI. “I was drunk” is not a passable defense for assault. “I was drunk” is not a passable defense for theft. “I was drunk” is not a passable defense for murder. And yet somehow, due to the increasingly backwards patriarchal society we’re living in, “I was drunk” is apparently a passable defense for rape. Keep reading »
Plenty of media outlets and famous faces have been hands off when it comes to passing any sort of judgment on the seemingly never-ending sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, but on the second episode of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show,” host Larry Wilmore dove right in. Wilmore devoted the entire episode to the Cosby story, starting off with his opening monologue. After playing a series of clips of Cosby defenders maintaining his innocence because of the lack of photographic proof — because real rapists take Polaroids, didn’t ya know? — Wilmore focused on the sheer volume of women who have come forward telling similar stories of being drugged and assaulted by Cosby, asking why people don’t believe them.
“Is it just because they’re women?” Wilmore asked. “Because I would say enough have come forward. The current tally stands at 35 women. How many more do we need? That’s like if Bill Cosby drugged and raped every U.S. President from George Washington to John. F Kennedy.” Seriously, think about that. Every President from Washington to Kennedy. Wilmore then did a spot-on impression of Cosby talking about raping Grover Cleveland and I laughed and then felt a tad guilty about laughing.
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When Showbiz 411 reported that Phylicia Rashad, speaking of the accusations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, had the gall to say “forget these women” and to insinuate that the allegations were the result of some kind of grand conspiracy against her TV husband, the sound of a thousand “Bye Phylicias” peeled out across the internet almost instantly.
Then, three more women came forward to say that Bill Cosby had assaulted them, taking Ms. Rashad to task for being so dismissive.
Rashad, however is now telling ABC News that Showbiz 411 misquoted her. She says that she did not say “forget these women,” but that she said “This is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy.”
Which, sorry Phylicia, is not much better. It is very much about the women. They matter. Keep reading »
In the years leading up to Detroit’s 2013 bankruptcy filing, as local leaders scrambled to keep a city afloat that couldn’t even afford street lights, thousands of rape kits somehow went untested, preventing countless rapists from being prosecuted. In 2009, 11,000 untested kits were found in a Detroit police storage unit. Two thousand of the kits have been tested since then by Detroit prosecutors, and now local leaders are turning to private donors and businesses to raise the funds to finish the testing and prevent future sexual violence. Of the 2,000 kits that were tested, a DNA match was found for 670 of them. These results have lead to the identification of 188 (!) serial rapists and the conviction of 15 of them. The other 9,000 kits remain nauseatingly untouched all these years later, despite how many women could be spared from future attacks if the results put repeat offenders behind bars — and despite the fact that those 9,000 victims who submitted the rape kits have yet to see any kind of justice. How many other murders, rapes and violent crimes have happened as a direct result of the city failing to do its job by testing the kits on time?
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