CA--Victims urge Cosby fans to donate to rape prevention
For immediate release: Saturday, Feb. 22
The cancellation of Bill Cosby’s June event in Santa Rosa can lead to something good. We urge every single person who bought a ticket to donate the cost to groups that help prevent rape.
That’s the least they can do to avoid heaping more pain on already-wounded rape victims. That’s the least they can do to show a modicum of sensitivity to the hundreds of thousands who have been raped by men like Cosby – popular and powerful but shrewd and sick men who usually evade detection and punishment.
Specifically, we urge them to multiply the cost of their ticket by 33 and contribute that amount to non-profits that help stop sex crimes. (At least 33 women have so far accused Cosby of assaulting them.)
We hope more clarity will emerge about what led to the cancellation. But even more, we hope those who spent money that would have benefited a credibly accused serial rapist will redirect their funds in positive direction. It’s never too late to reverse course and back rape prevention instead of a rapist.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have 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)
Contact - David Clohessy 314-566-9790, firstname.lastname@example.org, Barbara Dorris 314-503-0003, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org, Barbara Blaine 312-399-4747, bblaine@SNAPnetwork.org, Tim Lennon of San Francisco, Bay Area Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (415-312-5820, email@example.com)