For a while now, various women have come out to reveal how 78-year-old American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist, Bill Cosby defiled them.
Although the comedian once denied the allegations from the first few women that came out to reveal the comedian’s unbelievable act, it is however turning out to be true. Most of these women were young ladies who thought they could nurture their careers as actresses, using Cosby as a role model. Apparently, they got what they didn’t bargain for.
Since late 2014, around 40 women have come out to talk about how Cosby took advantage of them and sexually molested them.
Recently, thirty-five of Bill Cosby’s alleged victims have posed for a photograph on the front of the July 27 edition of New York magazine, giving their accounts of what happened to them at the hands of the now controversial “Cosby Show” star.
The 35 women assaulted by the comedian
Coming into the light for the first time together, the publication lines the 35 women up on chairs in a visually shocking front cover snap, and displays interviews with the women in question within the pages of the magazine.
Noreen Malone told the magazine: “The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study – both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period. In the ’60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger … But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape.”
The alleged victims ranging in age from their early 20s to 80s, include women who were Playboy bunnies, TV writers, journalists and waitresses.
“I went into this thinking he was going to be my father. To wake up half-dressed and raped by the man that said he was going to love me like a father? That’s pretty sick,” one of the women, Barbara Bowman, 48, said of her experiences with Cosby in the ’80s. “I felt like a prisoner; I felt I was kidnapped and hiding in plain sight. I could have walked down any street of Manhattan at any time and said, ‘I’m being raped and drugged by Bill Cosby,’ but who the hell would have believed me? Nobody, nobody.”
Another victim, who is Cosby Show writer Sammie Mays, 57, claims an encounter with Cosby in 1987 derailed her life. “When I see Jell-O pudding, it comes flooding back,” she told the magazine. “Bill Cosby, that encounter, that one time, played a major factor in the direction my life took, toward the dark side.”
Super model Janice Dickinson, one of the more high profile victims, has been on several TV shows, narrating how she was sexually assaulted by the famous comedian in 1982. Another famous victim is model, Beverly Johnson.