Jian Ghomeshi’s ugly defense: “She’s a liar” is a too-common refrain heard by women accusing men of sexual assault. Eventually, it almost always boils down to he said/she said.
And even if there are many more voices in the she camp than the he, it still often makes it nearly impossible to offer conclusive, satisfying resolution. Yet for those who claim they’ve been sexually assaulted, the quest for justice still holds hope of vindication, and the risk of being branded a liar. And this week, as the prominent cases involving Jian Ghomeshi and Bill Cosby move forward, more details — and conflicting accounts — are already emerging. In October of 2014, Ghomeshi, the host of the popular CBC radio program “Q,” abruptly announced he was taking an leave of absence. Soon after, the network announced it had terminated his employment. Ghomeshi has subsequently been keeping a low profile for more than a year now, but that’s all changed this week, as he faces four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking in Canadian court.
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SC Johnson, the “family” company’s billionaire heir, Samuel Curtis Johnson III, who confessed to repeatedly sexually assaulting his teenage stepdaughter has received an outrageous prison sentence of only four months because the judge, Circuit Justice Eugene Gasiorkiewicz, feels that Johnson’s importance to the community is valued much higher than the dignity of his abused step-daughter. You read that right. Affluenza, as it has been dubbed, has struck again. This billionaire has officially plead guilty to mere misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct instead of receiving the maximum which is felony sexual assault on a minor child.
These charges originally stem from 2011. Bill Cosby admitted pursuing women for sex using power, pills and money. Bill Cosby admitted paying women off after persuading them into sex, having pursued them by using his powerful position in the entertainment industry and affecting a concern for their future, as well as offering them sedating drugs.
The New York Times reported the detailed revelations after obtaining a copy of a transcript from a deposition Cosby gave a decade ago when a woman brought a lawsuit against him. According to excerpts from the deposition released a month ago, and first obtained by the Associated Press, Cosby admitted he procured Quaalude pills with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with. The Times, citing the transcript, has reported that Cosby told lawyers for Andrea Constand, who worked at Temple in Philadelphia and brought the suit, that he was a “pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things”.
He said he offered to pay for Constand’s education and paid another woman whom he had met in 1976. When Most People Didn't Think Rape Was Wrong. LINCOLN, CA - September 06: Bill Cosby performs in support of his Far From Finished tour at Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, California on September 06, 2014 Photo Credit: Randy Miramontez / Shutterstock.com It’s becoming clear that this summer will go down as the one where Americans finally had a reckoning not just with the present problem of sexual violence, but with the past.
The Associated Press finally dug up what many considered the smoking gun in the Bill Cosby rape saga, an admission from the man that he had procured sedatives to give women, which aligns with the over 40 reports of sexual assault women have come forward in recent years to share. Then the Huffington Post published a disturbing account from Runaways bassist Jackie Fuchs where she recounted being raped by her manager Kim Fowley in front of multiple witnesses when she was a teenager in the 70s. Bill Cosby testified he was adept at picking up on romantic cues: New York Times. Actor Bill Cosby attends the American Comedy Awards in New York April 26, 2014.
REUTERS/Eric Thayer. The Last Cosby Defenders Throw In The Towel. So what does this mean?
Since the alleged rapes largely happened so long ago that the statute of limitations has passed, the only real relevance of these new details is in the court of public opinion. Even though more than 30 women have accused Cosby, a huge number of Americans have either defended Cosby or remained skeptical about his guilt. Will this new revelation, which basically amounts to a confession, change their minds? My initial instinct was not to be too hopeful. The blunt fact of the matter is that people treat sexual abuse differently than other crimes. This deep unwillingness to listen to women and tendency to take a man’s word over a woman’s even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary is a chronic problem when it comes to sexual violence, even when we’re not talking about famous men like Bill Cosby.
Obviously, we don’t want to railroad people without evidence. We’ve also had a very public recanting. But hopefully not.