New York’s Bill Cosby Rape Cover Story Called “Required Reading”


New York magazine’s cover story that shows 35 women who share an unenviable title, Bill Cosby’s accusers, is called “required reading” by the Chicago Tribune. (In all, 46 have come forward to accuse the comedian of rape.) “A sorrowful sisterhood,” Joan Tarshis, who says Cosby assaulted her in 1969, told the magazine. The Tribune calls the piece “a powerful, important piece of history in the making, finally gathering almost three dozen of the women who’ve accused Cosby of assault and giving them a united voice.”

“The group, at present, ranges in age from early 20s to 80 and includes supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson alongside waitresses and Playboy bunnies and journalists and a host of women who formerly worked in show business,” writes New York’s Noreen Malone. “Many of the women say they know of others still out there who’ve chosen to remain silent.” Malone’s article considers our culture’s slow evolution in its handling of rape accusations. A decade ago, she writes, 14 women had already accused Cosby of rape. “But they were met, mostly, with skepticism, threats, and attacks on their character,” she writes.

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