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Camille Cosby has finally broken her silence amid sexual assault allegations against husband, Bill Cosby. Camille called into question the validity of the claims, comparing them to Rolling Stone’s article A Rape on Campus, which detailed an alleged gang rape that took place at a University of Virginia fraternity. In the statement released by CBS News last Monday, Camille stated:
We all followed the story of the article in the “Rolling Stone” concerning allegations of rape at the University of Virginia. The story was heartbreaking, but ultimately proved to be untrue.
Camille finishes the statement by asking us to ponder who is truly the victim in this all-the over 20 women who have come forward thus far, or her devoted husband of over 50 years?
Below is Camille’s full statement:
Before Mrs. Cosby points fingers, let’s ponder a few other things.
The ‘heartbreaking’ story does not prove to be untrue.
The Rolling Stone article Camille refers to in her statement covers the story of ‘Jackie,’ the woman who alleges she was assaulted at a UVA Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party. Written by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, RS caught heat for not doing enough investigative journalism, particularly, not reaching out to those Jackie claimed assaulted her to retrieve their side of the story. The article doesn’t discredit the experience Jackie alleges took place.
There’s a difference between over two dozen women coming forward as victims, and shotty journalism, Mrs. Cosby.
Falsified accounts of rape are significantly less than actual accounts of rape
In the 1975 book Against Our Will: Women, Men and Rape, author Susan Brownmiller noted that less than 2% of women falsify allegations of rape. The studies were further backed by a publication in The Cambridge Law Journal in 2006. Compare that with other studies, the median range for falsified rapes is around 8 percent. Also, keep in mind this is just the number of reported rapes; 68 percent of rapes are not reported.
The District Attorney in the only case to to go against Cosby for sexual assault admitted Cosby was “probably guilty”
In the 2005 civil complaint brought against Cosby by alleged victim Andrea Constand, the district attorney working the case admitted to the Daily Mail that Cosby was “probably guilty.” The fact that Cosby wasn’t found guilty on charges doesn’t imply that he’s innocent. In fact, 98% of rapists will never spend a day in jail or prison.
That one joke about slipping drugs into women’s drinks Bill’s been saying since the 60s
I’ll end it here by letting Mr. Cosby speak for himself…