“Bill Cosby invites her to his house, and she arrives, in a bare midriff…that’s a question.” (Anonymous Juror — elderly white man) No, it is not a fucking question.
This article was originally published in Vox “Why would any rape survivor ever go to court?” A wide-eyed Lili Bernard whispered this question to me during the opening statements in Bill Cosby’s criminal trial last week. Bernard is one of the 60 women who have come forward to allege sexual violence at the hands of Cosby. She has experienced… Continue reading Bill Cosby’s Legal Defense was a Case Study in Rape Culture
Rape reporting, prosecution, and conviction rates across the country are appallingly low, but it’s easier to get away with sexual assault in some places compared to others. Pennsylvania is one of those places. In Pennsylvania, expert testimony isn’t allowed in the courtroom. Instead, jurors frequently rely on abundant, harmful rape myths. We shouldn’t be that surprised, then, that earlier this week the Pennsylvania… Continue reading Pennsylvania Public Service Announcement Blames Rape Victims