Conviction of Bill Cosby Overturned, SNAP reacts

The conviction of Bill Cosby, a monumental moment in the fight for visibility and justice for sexual assault survivors and an event that helped rejuvenate the #MeToo movement, was overturned today. We disagree with this ruling and the message it sends and hope that survivors of sexual violence everywhere are able to get the help and support they need.

The conviction was overturned on a technicality, and a dubious one at that. We find it hard to believe that justice for the multiple women who have accused Cosby of assault should be undone because of an informal handshake agreement between two attorneys in Pennsylvania. While the Pennsylvania Supreme Court deemed Cosby's conviction "an assault to fundamental fairness," we believe the same can be said to all of those who were hurt by Cosby or men like him now that the conviction has been overturned and their testimony and witness rendered moot.

We hope that there will be some way to enforce justice for Cosby's victims in the future, but right now we stand in solidarity with these brave survivors and hope they are getting the help and support they need. It is likely that other survivors will be triggered by this news and we encourage anyone who is hurting and needs to talk to call the SNAP hotline at 1-877-SNAP-HEALS or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 for support.

CONTACT: Michael McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager ([email protected],  267.261.0578), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director ([email protected], 517.974.9009) 

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