CA--Victims back move to rescind Cosby presidential medal

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 8

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434,

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

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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  . . .

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