“America’s Dad” Bill Cosby Sentenced for Sexual Assault

 

Bill Cosby, nicknamed “America’s Dad” for his role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, was convicted in April of aggravated indecent assault. On Tuesday, Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in a state prison for the drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand. Judge Steven O’Neill of Pennsylvania's Montgomery Court said, “This was a serious crime. Mr. Cosby, this has all circled back to you. The day has come, the time has come.” In addition to jail time, Cosby was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine as part of his sentence. Cosby will also have to register as a “sexually violent predator” which is a lifetime registration.

For Further Reading:

Read more about Andrea Constand’s experience as the only witness (out of more than 60 accounts) to make it to Bill Cosby’s criminal trial.  

Discussion Question:

How can we grow as a society to believe a survivor rather than doubting them because of another person’s celebrity or status?

 

Action Item:

Learn about different self care tips for sexual assault survivors.

 

 

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