Cosby verdict possible because of persistence and courage of survivors
April 26, 2018
Today a Pennsylvania jury found Bill Cosby guilty on all three counts of aggravated indecent assault in the case involving Andrea Constand. The persistence and courage of survivors—those involved in this particular case and the many others who come forward despite attacks on them at many levels—made today’s verdict possible.
Justice and healing for survivors of sexual assault can be found in many ways. While some victims and survivors choose to engage with the criminal justice system, others will seek support from their family, friends, health care providers, educators, and elsewhere. It is our sincere hope that as survivors continue to come forward to tell their stories, they are believed and respected.
Supporting and believing survivors is essential, and we must continue to invest in our responses and to remove barriers, especially for those with the least access to justice and healing. In addition to critical services and support, we must increase our focus on prevention. We must care enough to educate our youth about healthy relationships, openly discuss consent, and intentionally call out and dismantle rape culture.
Jane Doe Inc. and the 16 rape crisis centers across Massachusetts will continue to work toward preventing sexual violence before it occurs.