Bill Cosby: American Dad to American Sexual Predator
Cosby, age 81, has been accused by more than 60 women of sexual assault. This sentence on Tuesday came following a long trial on sexual assault against Andrea Constand. Constand maintains that she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby while she was employed at Temple University and he was a member of the board there. Her case is one of the only ones that could still be taken to court due to the statute of limitations for others.
Miss Constand maintains that she knew Cosby through her work at the university and that she considered him a friend, but that on a fateful night in 2004 her life changed when Cosby gave her drugs and then sexually assaulted her. She says she was unable to move during the assault. Other women have said the same type of assault happened to them. Miss Constand maintains that her life drastically changed following that night. Her family agrees that she went from being a vibrant young woman full of life to almost a recluse for years. She still is not married or in a relationship, which could come from trust issues following Cosby's alleged attack.
Tuesday in the court room, Cosby's attorney's fought for no jail time due to Mr. Cosby's age, but the judge felt that age was not an issue due to the age Mr. Cosby was when the attack happened and that many men in prison age the same age or older than Cosby. The judge, Mr. Steven O'Neill simply told Cosby “It is time for justice. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The time has come,” He sentenced Cosby to 3-10 years with Cosby leaving in handcuffs immediately following the sentencing and labeling him a violent sexual predator. Cosby will be required to register on the sexual offender list and must attend counseling following his release from prison. Cosby was fined $25,000 and has to pay all court costs.
Mr. Cosby's conviction is one of the many that we might see following the recent "MeToo" movement that began. Many women have stepped forward to accuse powerful men of sexual harassment or assault in light of this movement. People like Harvey Weinstein, Les Moonves, Matt Lauer, and many others. It's almost another women's rights movement.
Have we seen justice in this case? Is justice possible when a man or woman has sexually assaulted someone?