USA--Bill Cosby’s latest “desperate, hardball maneuver;” Victims respond
For immediate release: Monday, Oct. 31, 2016
Shame on Bill Cosby and his lawyers for yet another desperate, hard-ball and insulting legal tactic: seeking competency hearings for his victims.
We should applaud and allow testimony from victims of sexual violence whenever they are able to step forward. There’s no magic date or day on which reliable memories become unreliable, and to suggest that his victims are somehow less credible because of their ages is both desperate and demeaning.
No matter what Cosby’s lawyers or other officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered sex crimes and cover ups – especially by powerful individuals – to protect others by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how both kids and adults will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.
(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)