CA--Victims back move to rescind Cosby presidential medal
For immediate release: Wednesday, July 8
We applaud the move to rescind Bill Cosby’s presidential medal. We urge politicians of all parties and at all levels to publicly endorse this effort. It’s a no-brainer. But it’s an important move that will bring some healing to rape victims and maybe give pause even one potential rapist or give pause to those who may publicly defend accused rapists.
We can’t profess to be against drug use and rape while letting government officials honor an admitted drug abuser and a credibly accused rapist.
A White House spokesman questions the legality of rescinding the presidential honor. Gimme a break. Cosby’s gonna sue Obama for doing this? Not likely.
If Cosby has a shred of decency, he’ll voluntarily give up the medal. But for now, we urge elected officials to push full speed ahead with this effort.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
McCaskill says she'd support effort to take back Cosby's presidential medal
By Chuck Raasch2, St. Louis Post Dispatch, July 8, 2015
WASHINGTON • Sen. Claire McCaskill says she supports efforts to rescind the Presidential Medal of Freedom given to comedian Bill Cosby, who faces new allegations he drugged women in order to have sex with their consent.
A group representing victims of sexual violence is calling for the medal to be taken back after new revelations that Cosby admitted in a sworn deposition he bought drugs to . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
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