Unless you are on the moon, you have heard of the rape allegations against beloved and respected comedian Bill Cosby.
When a wealthy, famous person is accused of such a heinous crime it is met with a certain degree of skepticism, especially, when that person's public persona is the antithesis of the profile of someone who would commit such acts. The initial accusers settled out of court which adds to the dubiety.
Bill Cosby is an american icon who has championed education and other charitable causes. I would like for these accusations to not be true. I would also like to think that women would not create such damaging accusations for self-benefit. Can I bean advocate for women and still believe that a man is innocent until proven guilty?
I had a conversation with a friend about how rape/molestation accusations are handled within our own community. Too many of us know someone who was not believed when an accusation of rape/molestation was revealed. No concerned guardian swooped in to save the day. The individual was left broken and had to learn to put the pieces of his/her life together alone. I never want to contribute to someone else's pain. Never.
How does one address the issue unbiased?
CNN anchor Don Lemon has found himself in the hot seat regarding the Bill Cosby controversy after intimating that there are ways not to be raped. You can read his words HERE.
Some have criticized the politicizing of the Cosby allegations suggesting that liberals have sided in favor of the accusers without proof, while conservatives are supporting Cosby blindly. I believe people make up their minds about rape accusations long before the players enter the arena. For some, loose women somehow contribute to their assault. Others believe that men are easy targets for someone looking to smear an image or gain a quick financial settlement.
In a recent twitter exchange, I was made aware of how women can hold the same damaging victim-blaming views. Check it out after the break.