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Bill Cosby is Not Dr. Cliff Huxtable

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Bill Cosby in 2011 wearing a Temple University Sweatshirt, where he allegedly sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004.

Sometimes the good guy gets put into jail. Sometimes the bad guy gets away. Our justice system is imperfect.

In the mist of all of the chaos I think we must think, and we must remember, what the actual issues are. Bill Cosby, if proven guilty, is a rapist.

It is important when reading this article to know that Bill Cosby has yet to be charged with anything. He is at this moment, an “alleged serial rapist.” In this beautiful country you are innocent until you are proven guilty.

Even with the evidence piled against him, it isn’t hard to find people defending Cosby. He was “America’s Dad” for many years with his sitcom. The problem with that is that no matter how fatherly you are, you can’t get away with rape.

Bill Cosby’s rape allegations stretch back to 1965, which includes somewhere around 60 accusers.

Bill Cosby is not Cliff Huxtable. He is not “America’s father” anymore; rather he is a 78-year-old man, who should have been in jail years ago. He has been allowed to walk around free, which is a joke.

My personal belief is that people are too ignorant to accept the truth. In a recent article, rapper R. Kelly defended Cosby, saying, “When you wait 70 years, 50 years, 40 years, to say something that simple, it’s strange.” R. Kelly, if you can remember, was found not guilty of 14 counts on child pornography in 2002.

We can find more examples, including a New York Post by Andrea Peyser, who says, “I have my doubts,” chalking up all the rape allegations to “high-pressure seduction.” She claims that he is only charged thanks to “today’s feminist-written definition of rape.” Things are not like they were in the olden days where a woman would just “have to live with her stupid decision.”

The question always comes back to, why wait? I have never been raped. I don’t have any room to judge their feelings and actions. If it was one person would be one thing, but come on guys, there are close to 60. Stop defending a monster.

It seems like a pretty fair and honest thing to me to take rape allegations seriously. A person isn’t going to fake years of repression. A person isn’t going to go find a group of people to form a conspiracy, and any evidence of this would for sure be the outlier.

Victims are victims. It is plain and simple. You cannot degrade them. You cannot forget their story. You cannot berate them as “gold diggers,” as “liars” or as “spotlight chasers.”

Another high profile rape allegation is the case of Jameis Winston. Again we find the same treatment. Skip Bayless commented saying “How unfortunate it is for this young man.” Skip Bayless and Stephan A. Smith would go on to bash Erica Kinsman on her timing, and alluded to other motives for the story.

Currently Bill Cosby’s lawyers are attempting to get his charges dropped due to a loophole. He cooperated in a civil suit in 2005, and according to Bruce Castor, that warranted a promise of never being charged.

Because that is how our justice system works.

As a nation we can learn a lot about us in this case. We are a nation of doubters. We doubt allegation when they are brought against our celebrities, our athletes, and our actors. Hopefully this changes; hopefully in the future this is different. Though, in 2016 it is obvious, things haven’t changed as much as we would hope.

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