Success! Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault

In a major victory for this Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Bill Cosby has finally been found†guilty of sexual assault.

On April 26, Cosby was convicted of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and raping Andrea Constand in 2004.†

Cosby was charged in December 2015. His first criminal trial last June, held at the same courtroom in Norristown, Pennsylvania, resulted in a mistrial after jurors spent 50 hours deliberating — and were ultimately unable to reach a verdict.†

This time the jury deliberated for just 13 hours and found Cosby guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He faces up to 10 years in prison for each of the three charges, although it will be 60 to 90 days before he is sentenced.†

A Victory for Care2 Members

Last year Care2 created†a petition, which garnered over 47,000 signatures, to stop Bill Cosby’s so-called “How To Get Away With Sexual Assault”Ě Tour. The tour never happened.

And even earlier on, over 48,000 Care2 members †called for the cancellation of Cosby’s†2015 performance in Atlanta. Cosby’s performance was allowed to go on, but Care2 was†on the ground in Atlanta to protest — along with Cosby survivors, their families and famed lawyer Gloria Allred.

More recently, Care2 has taken part in protests staged outside the courthouse in Norristown, where Cosby was on trial.

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Statutes of Limitation†Obstruct Justice

You can watch Lacey Kohlmoos, Care2′s online organizing strategist, reporting live from the protests this week:

We’re out here making sure that survivors of sexual assault know that we stand with them. That not only are we here to support the survivors of Bill Cosby’s sexual violence, we are also here to support all the survivors who because of statutes of limitation on rape and sexual assault will never see their day in court.

More than 60 women have claimed that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them, but†statute of limitation laws mean that Cosby has only faced trial for the indecent assault he committed against a single woman.

These statutes also put a limit on how many years a victim of sexual assault can take to report the incident.

This Care2 petition explains:

Statutes of limitation on rape and sexual assaults are a predator’s best friend and a victim’s worst nightmare. An overwhelming amount of sexual violence – an estimated 63% – goes unreported and a pervasive rape culture is responsible.

Evidence for this claim abounds. Remember the case of Stanford student†Brock Turner, who was convicted of sexual assault and given a paltry six-month sentence? He ended up serving only three months.

And the country’s predator-in-chief now sits in the Oval Office, putting a huge roadblock in the path of survivors seeking justice. At least 16 women have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault.

Bill Cosby’s verdict is an enormous step forward for sexual assault victims. The #MeToo movement is surely making a difference, as this is the first celebrity sexual assault trial since†its advent.

Even so, this is only the beginning. We must keep working to ensure justice for all sexual assault survivors.

Take Action!

If you agree, please sign this Care2 petition demanding that the Pennsylvania State Legislature pass a law abolishing the state’s statute of limitations for sexual assault and rape.

Creating a Care2 petition is easy. If you have an issue you care deeply about, why not start your own petition? Here are†some guidelines to help you get started†and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.

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79 comments

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S F4 months ago

Sadly I am friends with a "Cosby girl" and am overjoyed some justice has finally been served. Debbie B - you are a sad hateful person, with no heart and no brain. These women are REAL.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie4 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie4 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica Danie4 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Debbie B
Past Member 4 months ago

he should have been found not guilty those girls were just a publicity stunt in reality there was only one case that found him guilty not the bull crap of like 12 he should be a free man still

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Aaron Johnson
Aaron Johnson4 months ago

Bill Cosby isn't immuned to laws that prevent sexual violence. Sexual violence is not cool.

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Angeles M
Angeles Madrazo4 months ago

Thank yu

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Elaine W
Elaine W4 months ago

Glad for the opportunity to sign. Thanks.

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DAVID fleming
Dave fleming4 months ago

TFS

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Cathy B
Cathy B4 months ago

Petition signed. Thank you.

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