Bill Cosby rape allegations are surfacing at a dizzying rate. A Tuesday report on ETOnline features former supermodel Janice Dickinson also accusing Bill Cosby of a rape which occurred in 1982. Many readers remember Janice Dickinson from her years as a judge on “America’s Next Top Model.” Interestingly, it seems from online comments that the majority of people are still not buying Dickinson’s story or the other stories of alleged drugging and rape by Cosby. Judging from comments on the ETOnline article about Dickinson’s allegation, many reader comments have recalled Janice Dickinson’s past as being somewhat suspect at best.
Obviously, long-time fans who grew up with “The Bill Cosby Show,” “Fat Albert” and Cosby’s other television appearances are shell-shocked and heartbroken by these accusations. The mere quantity of accusations with the same basic storyline lends some seriousness to these stories, although the statute of limitations has already run out. Scrolling through the comments on various articles, it is unexpected to find so many online readers who feel the women put themselves in the situation to be drugged and sexually assaulted.
An interview conducted with one accuser by CNN’s Don Lemon has stirred a great deal of discussion. Yahoo News! has the rather explicit story. Lemon has been criticized by some for his distasteful questioning of the alleged victim who claimed to have been forced to perform sexual acts on Bill Cosby. He attempts to discover why she did not use self-defensive acts at her disposal given the position she was in.
Many of these comments seem to infer that the long list of women who have claimed rape at the hands of “Dr. Huxtable,” forfeited the right to make the rape accusation due to their questionable presence in these settings. Bill Cosby, a married may have participated in these incidents, but many readers feel the women were willing participants by virtue of their presence in the situation.
Unless you were there, it is impossible now to know whether Bill Cosby rape allegations are real or fabricated. It is always a difficult dilemma when an accused person is faced with proving their innocence. It is also a serious situation of another type when accusers have been forced to remain silent because of the powerful nature of their alleged rapist. Then, to further muddy the waters, the whole principle of date rape is very difficult to get your mind wrapped around. We must remember that the alleged crime is not sexual activity, but forced sexual activity, and this is very hard to ascertain after all of these years.