By Sian Norris
Today, Bill Cosby will finally face questions regarding the dozens of accusations made against him of rape and sexual assault. So far, more than 50 women have accused him of sexual misconduct. Many of these women first spoke out about their experiences 30, even 40 years ago. And yet, it has taken until 2015 before their accusations have started to be heard, and taken seriously.
The Cosby case is symptomatic of a wider societal problem around our attitudes to allegations of rape, sexual assault, and other forms of violence against women and girls. That for all those years so many women came forward and were not heard is representative of a culture of disbelief that surrounds accusations of male violence against women and girls. Over and over again, we see the same story. A woman or girl accuses a powerful man of sexual assault. She is disbelieved. She is called a liar. She disappears, silenced. The man goes on to attack other women. When he is finally brought to justice,Read More »from The Cosby case shows how hard it is for rape victims to be heard