The MilitantNegro SoapBox™: Camille Cosby.


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I have not had much to say about Bill Cosby’s current hot mess of a life concerning the now 15/16 women who have come forward to accuse Bill of rape, sexual assault or inappropriate behavior. I have not had much to say because I never heard of a single peep of this until last week. I’ve never been a big fan of Cosby or his work. I was not a big fan of the Cosby Show like most of America.  Don’t get me wrong, I was not a big fan because I had a premonition about his character, I just didn’t like his talent. I never thought he was funny and I didn’t like his acting.

 

I have but one dose of advice for Bill, talk. Speak up. Say something. Acting like a deaf mute or a 3rd grader who believes if he ignores the rape talk and keeps his head buried in the sand, this will fade away….thats asinine. In this day and age of social media, nothing just goes away Bill. The sooner you discuss your current state of life, as soon as you tell your fans, whom I am not one, your side of these rape/sexual assault allegations, the sooner it moves from page 1 to page 12.

 

My mind went to his wife, the gorgeous Renaissance Woman, Ms. Camille Cosby. I wonder how she feels sitting next to Bill as he ignores the 15/16 ladies who say unspeakable things about her husband. I wonder does she believe the 15/16 women? Does she think Bill was ever capable of rape or sexual assault against teenagers? Below is a writer named Blue Telusma, who writes for theGrio.com, who has put into words what I was thinking.

 

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Camille Cosby, another victim of the controversy?

 

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Blue Telusma is a Washington-based writer for theGrio.com, an online venue devoted to perspectives that affect and reflect the African-American community. Follow @theGrio on Twitter or like it on Facebook. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. Follow her on Twitter.

 

(CNN) — Camille Olivia Hanks was studying at the University of Maryland when she met Bill Cosby in the early ’60s. He was doing stand-up comedy in Washington when the two were set up on a blind date. They fell in love and she left school to support his burgeoning career in entertainment.

 

By 1964, the two were married and they would go on to have five children together. In 1997, their son Ennis (who inspired the character Theo Huxtable) was murdered, and a few years later Dr. Camille Cosby did a one-on-one with Oprah explaining how she’d eventually been able to find joy after mourning the loss of a child.

 

 

Throughout that interview it was so clear that you were looking at the real-life Clair Huxtable that even Oprah seemed a bit star-struck by her poise and grace.

During her 2000 appearance on Oprah, Camille revealed:

“I became keenly aware of myself in my mid-thirties. I went through a transition. I decided to go back to school, because I had dropped out of college to marry Bill when I was 19. I had five children, and I decided to go back. I didn’t feel fulfilled educationally. I dropped out of school at the end of my sophomore year. So I went back, and when I did, my self-esteem grew. I got my master’s, then decided to get my doctoral degree. Education helped me to come out of myself.”

 

When asked why she wasn’t content to just settle for being the wife of a famous entertainer she continued:

“I don’t know exactly what it was, except that for me, integrity is important. For me friendships are important, family is important, and it is a blessing if we can have monetary benefits. That’s wonderful, and I love it. But I have to have the security of people who really care about me, and me about them. I want to be surrounded by people who have integrity. And, of course, my name is Camille, not Bill.”

That was a beautiful answer. But a lot has changed since then.

These days, Camille Cosby is standing alongside her husband during what may turn out to be the worst month of his long career.

For the last few weeks, the beloved TV dad who used to sell us Jell-O pudding pops has been at the center of an ever-growing scandal. He has canceled several appearances, Netflix has postponed the launch of his stand-up special, NBC nixed plans for a new comedy show, and this week Janice Dickinson became the latest woman to make allegations against him; telling E Newsthat he raped her in 1982 after she’d done a stint in rehab.

Cosby is arguably the most successful African-American performer in television history, but this isn’t the first time he has found himself under scrutiny for extramarital affairs.

In his biography, “Cosby: His Life and Times,” Mark Whitaker makes mention of the legendary comedian’s “roving eye” and even tells an anecdote about how he finally cut back on his womanizing by breaking up with his long-time girlfriend. Now it seems those softball admissions about having a weakness for beautiful women may have been shrouding something much more sinister than an affair.

From thegrio.com: Dear Bill Cosby, heed your own advice and be accountable

In the last decade alone, more than a dozen women have accused Cosby of rape or sexual assault. No formal charges have ever been successfully filed, so even with all the media speculation, these claims are technically only allegations. But there is one person in this melee whose anguish is virtually indisputable: his wife, Camille.

So how does a woman like that end up spending 50 years of her life beside a man who is now alleged to be a serial rapist? One can only imagine the embarrassment she must be experiencing through all this. But her dilemma is a lot more common than you may think.

In a world that asks you to be a mother, a wife, a businesswoman and an alluring sexual being, women grapple with finding the balance between respecting themselves and prioritizing their relationships. While many say they would leave a spouse who cheats, experts estimate that approximately 50-75% of couples rocked by an affair stay together.

There are many reasons why some women choose to stay: the fear of being alone, financial dependency, belief that they can alter the behavior of their mate, professional status of their partner, deep emotional investment and family obligations.

It is hard enough to come back from infidelity in private, let alone when you have the added stress of being a public figure. Both Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Edwards have weathered similar storms with men they devoted their lives to. And one could argue that it is a lose/lose situation for any wife who finds herself in that position: If you stay, people judge you for not standing up for yourself, and if you leave there is endless speculation about why your marriage failed.

But this isn’t just a simple case of being cheated on. There are some very serious stories coming to the forefront from those who describe Cosby as a sexual predator, who for decades allegedly drugged and violated young women who looked up to him as a mentor.

 

During one of Cosby’s old routines, he actually jokes about drugging young women.

Coincidentally the set is from his album “It’s True! It’s True!” which was released in 1969, the same year Joan Tarshis claims he drugged and raped her.

We can only speculate on what Camille’s reasons are for staying in her marriage, when she found out about each rape claim, or whether she believes in her husband’s innocence. She’s been stoic and tight-lipped through all this, exuding the unflappable composure that she is known for.

During the Monica Lewinsky scandal, many believed that had Hillary Clinton left her husband, his political career would have collapsed. Hillary Clinton may have well understood that her marriage wasn’t just a union between a man and a woman but a much larger political machine. Perhaps Camille Cosby, who is equally responsible for her husband’s career, feels a similar responsibility to maintaining the legacy and philanthropic institution she and her husband have built together.

Few knew that in the original “Cosby Show” pitch, Bill had planned to have Heathcliff be a limousine driver who was married to a Latina handywoman. Programming executives weren’t too thrilled with that idea, but it was Camille who convinced her husband to go in another direction.

According to another excerpt in Whitaker’s book:

“The producers felt strongly that both [parents on the show] should be college graduates. As Cosby had proved in his stand-up act, the war of wits between parents and children was even funnier if the parents thought of themselves as highly intelligent people.

“Finally, shortly before 1 in the morning, Cosby said the words that made Carsey think that she might be getting someplace: ‘I think my wife would agree with you.’

” ‘You will not be a chauffeur!’ Camille said when he briefed her on the meeting. ‘Why not?’ Cosby asked. ‘Because I’m not going to be a carpenter!’ Camille said.”

That snippet gives a rare glimpse into the type of bond these two have, and also illustrates that Mrs. Cosby has not just been her husband’s muse, but also a trusted adviser who keeps his career on track, behind the scenes.

Sunday when NPR host Scott Simon asked Cosby about the resurfaced rape charges, he was met with a wall of silence. Later on, Simon admitted to CNN that during that awkward moment in the interview, the one thing he couldn’t do was look at Camille.

“I did not look at Mrs. Cosby, and I don’t mind saying I might’ve been a little uncomfortable doing that anyway,” Simon said.

That’s what many find so unsettling about all this: the deafening silence of it all. The same man who has spent years waxing poetic about every social issue under the sun has now fallen completely mute on us, with his equally reticent wife by his side.

The Cosbys’ union remains seemingly stable through half a century of life’s ups and downs, and as someone who respects the institution of marriage I find that commendable. But when does the adage of “stand by your man” go too far?

I’m rooting for black love as much as the next person — but not like this.

From thegrio.com: Dr. Huxtable no more, Cosby lost that persona after 13 rape allegations

 

Thank you Blue Telusma and theGrio.com

 

Camille Cosby, another victim of the controversy?

 

Published on Nov 20, 2014

Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille, is reluctantly in the spotlight due to sexual assault allegations against her husband.

 

 

I wonder how many times anyone can recall a caucasian person ever calling another caucasian person,….articulate?

 

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I will reserve judgement on Bill Cosby’s guilt or innocence until he speaks on this issue and addresses the 15/16 allegations directly. I will refrain from calling him a sexual predator or a serial rapist until he is found guilty in a court of law or admits his guilt. I have to do it that way because I was not present nor do I know the ladies who accuse him of violating them. I will repeat what I said above, Bill needs to handle this by talking about this.

 

That said……lets move on to the stupid.

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This is stupid on several levels. First off, Ms. Dash is a known Fox News employee, which automatically removes intelligence from her character traits. Now some will say Ms. Dash is only relating her experience with Bill Cosby. Thats fair. Here’s my response: If Ms. Dash had been sitting in the Aurora Theater on July 20, 2012, when James Holmes walked in and killed 12 moviegoers and injured 70 others…would Ms. Dash have tweeted that she was present in that theater but was NOT shot by Mr. Holmes? Would Ms. Dash have pointed out that on that fateful evening she was in the theater with Mr. Holmes but he didn’t shoot her and was a perfect gentleman?

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Ms. Dash, there are millions of women that were never raped, groped, durgged or sexually assaulted by Mr. Cosby, but there are 15/16 women who say they were. So does your experience being alone with Bill make their claims of rape or sexual assault any less real or horrific?

 

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Nobody knows what happened in the cases of these 15/16 women. Only those present know what happened, and thats Bill and numbers 1 through 15. 16 if you include Camille Cosby.

 

This tweet by @RealStaceyDash makes my ass need a drink of whisky. It further proves just how stupid this young woman is and just how stupid her mind works, or does not work. Because Bill Cosby didn’t rape you when you were alone with him means what exactly? How many women was Bill Cosby alone with that he didn’t rape or sexually assault? Millions. What concerns me are these 15 whom say he did rape/sexually assault them. 15 Victims.

 

16 if you count Camille Cosby.

 

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‘There are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it': CNN Anchor Don Lemon Tells Bill Cosby Rape Accuser Joan Tarshis.


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OK…..does Don Lemon get any dumber if he tried? Remind anyone of that guy from the GOP’ukes who said a woman can prevent pregnancy from a rape by shutting down her reproductive system during a rape? He lost his job after saying that, maybe it’s time for Don Lemon to search for a different line of work? Maybe shit shoveling engineer in the circus? You know, follow behind the elephants and horses?

 

From The NY Daily News:

‘There are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it': CNN anchor Don Lemon tells Bill Cosby rape accuser Joan Tarshis

 

Then-teenaged actress Joan Tarshis alleges Bill Cosby coerced her into performing oral sex in 1969, but CNN interview hits below the belt when anchor Don Lemon asks Tarshis if she could have gotten out of performing oral sex on ‘Mr. Jello.’

 

By   NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 

CNN anchor Don Lemon faced biting criticism after suggesting to Bill Cosby rape accuser Joan Tarshis that she take a bite out of the comedian’s penis rather than perform oral sex.

 

Tarshis, who came forward on Sunday, claimed she was sexually assaulted by Cosby as a 19-year-old aspiring actress in 1969.

 

She appeared with Lemon on Tuesday and the conversation went south fast.

 

“You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it,” Lemon told Tarshis during a TV interview.

 

“I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind,” Tarshis answered. “Now I wish it would have.”

 

“Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?” Lemon prodded.

 

Tarshis didn’t bat an eye at the offensive line of questioning, but the mocking hashtag #DonLemonReporting quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.

 

Cosby allegedly lured Tarshis to his bungalow at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, drugged her and then forced her to perform oral sex on him.

 

Tarshis said “Mr. Jello” attacked her again days later at the Sherry Netherland hotel, after she accompanied him to a performance he gave at The Westbury Music Theater on Long Island.

 

Lemon ends the exchange by stating, “I had to ask.”

 

He HAD to ask????

The mocking hashtag #DonLemonReporting quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.

The mocking hashtag #DonLemonReporting quickly became a trending topic on Twitter.

Joan Tarshis claimed she was sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby as a 19-year-old aspiring actress in 1969.

Joan Tarshis claimed she was sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby as a 19-year-old aspiring actress in 1969.

Don Lemon Gives Bill Cosby Rape Accuser Tip for Not Getting Raped

Published on Nov 19, 2014

CNN’s Don Lemon might as well have asked Joan Tarshis, “Did you try not getting raped by Bill Cosby?”

After patting himself on the back for doing his job, Lemon did more of what he sees his job entails when he shared this exchange with Tarshis, who went public this week with allegations that Cosby raped her in 1969, while interviewing her earlier tonight:
Lemon: Can I ask you this? And please, I don’t mean to be crude, OK?
Tarshis: Yeah.
Lemon: You said this last night, that he — you lied to him and said, “I have an infection, and if you rape me, or if you do — if you have intercourse with me, then you will probably get it and give it to your wife.” Tarshis: Right.
Lemon: You said he made you perform oral sex. Tarshis: Right. Lemon: You — you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.

 

 

Tarshis: I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.
Lemon: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right? Tarshis: Yes…I didn’t even think of it.
Lemon: Biting.
Tarshis: Ouch. Lemon: Yes. I had to ask.
Did you, though, Don?
This is causing an outrage on Twitter because telling a person who says she’s been raped how she could have avoided it is absolutely outrageous.

 

 

 

Can a human who is a Black Gay male be this stupid? Being Gay AND Black, does Don Lemon NOT understand the stupidity of his remarks?

 

A Few More Of Don Lemon’s Greatest Hits…………

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But his inappropriate interview spawned a series of outrageous tweets:

@daakardior tweeted: “If Amelia Earhart didn’t want to die, she shouldn’t have flown that plane over water.#DonLemonReporting

 

@bohosolo tweeted: “I just have to ask, Solange – if you don’t want to be compared to Beyoncé, then why are you her sister? #DonLemonReporting

 

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Just one more time, in case you disbelieve what you read above…………

 

CNN’s Don Lemon To Cosby Rape Accuser: “You Know, There Are Ways Not To Perform Oral Sex If You Didn’t Want To Do It”

CNN Host Tells Joan Tarshis How She Could Avoid Being Raped

 

LEMON: Can I ask you this, because — and please, I don’t mean to be crude, OK?

 

TARSHIS: Yeah.

 

LEMON: Because I know some of you — and you said this last night, that he — you lied to him and said “I have an infection, and if you rape me, or if you do — if you have intercourse with me, then you will probably get it and give it to your wife.”

 

TARSHIS: Right.

 

LEMON: And you said he made you perform oral sex.

 

TARSHIS: Right.

 

LEMON: You — you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.

 

TARSHIS: Oh. Um, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now I wish it would have.

 

LEMON: Right. Meaning the using of the teeth, right?

 

TARSHIS: Yes, that’s what I’m thinking you’re –

 

LEMON: As a weapon.

 

TARSHIS: Yeah, I didn’t even think of it.

 

LEMON: Biting. So, um –

 

TARSHIS: Ouch.

 

LEMON: Yes. I had to ask. I mean, it is, yeah.

 

TARSHIS: Yes. No, it didn’t cross my mind.

 

Thank you   NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

 

Netflix postpones Bill Cosby comedy special amid rape allegations

 

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Bill Cosby was scheduled to debut his first televised concert special in 30 years on Netflix the day after Thanksgiving, but the streaming network has decided to shelve the concert special, amid the controversy surrounding the comedy legend as more women come forward with rape allegations.

 

“At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand up comedy special Bill Cosby 77,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to theGrio.com.

 

Netflix released their statement just hours after former supermodel Janice Dickinson became the third women to come forward and say that Cosby raped her, just weeks after comedian Hannibal Buruss referenced Cosby’s decades-old sexual assault allegations in a comedy routine.

 

Supermodel Janice Dickinson: ‘Bill Cosby raped me.’

 

Cosby has yet to personally respond to any of these allegations, but on Sunday, his lawyer, John P. Schmitt released a statement, saying, “over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true.”

 

Supermodel Janice Dickinson: ‘Bill Cosby Raped me’

by   for The Grio:

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Add supermodel Janice Dickenson to the growing list of women with allegations that Bill Cosbyis a rapist.

 

In an exclusive interview Tuesday with Entertainment Tonight the former America’s Next Top Model judge claimed Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982.

 

Dickinson, now 59, said her first encounter with the comedian took place when her agent set up a meeting with him to potentially hire her for a role onThe Cosby Show. After they had dinner, she claims their next conversation was when he called her out of the blue while she was in rehab for drugs and alcohol. Dickinson says upon being released from her stint in rehab, Cosby reached out to her while she was on a trip to Bali and had her travel to Lake Tahoe, because he was performing there and wanted to talk to her about her acting and singing career.

 

Dickinson claims she and Cosby had dinner in Lake Tahoe, and then he gave her a glass of red wine and a pill, which she asked for because she was on her period and had stomach pains.

 

“The next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” Dickinson said. “Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.”

 

The former star of The Surreal Life, says she is opening up today because she believes all the other women who have come forth with similar allegations.

 

“I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story,” she says about coming out with her painful revelation. “I believe all the other women.”

 

Dickinson says that keeping the sexual assault silent for 32 years was devastatingly painful.

 

“Stuffing feelings of rape and my unresolved issued with this incident has drove me into a life of trying to hurt myself because I didn’t have counsel and I was afraid,” she said. “I was afraid of the consequences. I was afraid of being labeled a whore or a slut and trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place.”

 

Dickinson released her memoir (No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel) in 2002, and says she attempted to write about the assault but was blocked by her publisher Harper Collins and Cosby’s lawyers.

 

Dickinson is now the 15th woman to accuse the 77-year-old comedian of sexual assault. This just weeks after comedian Hannibal Buress referenced Cosby’s decades-old sexual assault allegations in a comedy routine.

 

Cosby has yet to personally respond to any of these allegations, but on Sunday, his lawyer, John P. Schmitt released a statement, saying, “over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true.”

 

Thank you   & The Grio.

 

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Bill Cosby’s Lawyer Refutes Rape Allegations By Janice Dickinson

 

More than 13 women had come forward over the years with allegations of rape involving Bill Cosby who is now 77. The latest woman to come out with her story is 59 year old model Janice Dickinson who gave a teary interview on Entertainment Tonight yesterday.

The supermodel claims the incident occurred in Lake Tahoe, California in 1982, and explains why she’s only coming forward now;

“I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do, and it happened to me, and this is the true story. I believe all the other women.”

Janice also claimed Bill and his lawyer at the time pressurized her to remove details of the rape from her biography book which came out some years ago. Bill Cosby’s lawyer Marty Singer has responded, calling her a lair as he says that part of her story never happened.

“Janice Dickinson’s story accusing Bill Cosby of rape is a complete lie.

“She did an interview with the New York Observer in September 2002 entitled ‘Interview with the Vamp’ completely contradicting her story. She claimed that because “she didn’t want to sleep with him (Cosby), he blew her off.”

“You can confirm with Harper Collins that she never claimed that Mr Cosby raped her, that no attorney representing Bill Cosby tried to kill the story (since there was no such story) and no one tried to prevent anything she wanted to say about Bill Cosby in her book.

“The only story she gave 12 years ago in her autobiography as well as her interview with the media was that she refused to sleep with Mr Cosby and he blew her off.””

Janice Dickinson: Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted Me

Published on Nov 18, 2014

Janice Dickinson tells ET that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982 – he raped me. EXCLUSIVE Interview.

 

 

Above is a clip from the ET interview, and like the other allegations, Janice Dickinson says there was drugging involved in the rape. She reveals that Cosby invited her to dinner to discuss a role on The Cosby Show, offering her a glass of wine and a pill she thought was for her menstrual cramps.That was the last thing she remembered.

 

“… the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.”

Dickinson says that keeping the alleged sexual assault a secret for 32 years drove her to a life of hurting herself.

“Stuffing feelings of rape and my unresolved issues with this incident has drove me into a life of trying to hurt myself because I didn’t have counsel and I was afraid. I was afraid of the consequences. I was afraid of being labeled a whore or a slut and trying to sleep my way to the top of a career that never took place.”

 

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Rape Culture In AmeriKKKa: George Will Says Being A College Rape Victim Is Now A ‘Coveted Status’.


George Will: Colleges become the victims of progressivism

 

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By George Will & The Washington Post

 

Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous (“micro-aggressions,” often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate. And academia’s progressivism has rendered it intellectually defenseless now that progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, has decided it is academia’s turn to be broken to government’s saddle.

 

Consider the supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. “sexual assault.” Herewith, a Philadelphia magazine report about Swarthmore College, where in 2013 a student “was in her room with a guy with whom she’d been hooking up for three months”:

 

“They’d now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex with you.” And then he said, “OK, that’s fine” and stopped. . . . And then he started again a few minutes later, taking off my panties, taking off his boxers. I just kind of laid there and didn’t do anything — I had already said no. I was just tired and wanted to go to bed. I let him finish. I pulled my panties back on and went to sleep.’”

 

Six weeks later, the woman reported that she had been raped. Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of “sexual assault” victims. It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.

 

The administration’s crucial and contradictory statistics are validated the usual way, by official repetition; Joe Biden has been heard from. The statistics are: One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college, and only 12 percent of assaults are reported. Simple arithmetic demonstrates that if the 12 percent reporting rate is correct, the 20 percent assault rate is preposterous. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute notes, for example, that in the four years 2009 to 2012 there were 98 reported sexual assaults at Ohio State. That would be 12 percent of 817 total out of a female student population of approximately 28,000, for a sexual assault rate of approximately 2.9 percent — too high but nowhere near 20 percent.

 

Education Department lawyers disregard pesky arithmetic and elementary due process. Threatening to withdraw federal funding, the department mandates adoption of a minimal “preponderance of the evidence” standard when adjudicating sexual assault charges between males and the female “survivors” — note the language of prejudgment. Combine this with capacious definitions of sexual assault that can include not only forcible sexual penetration but also nonconsensual touching. Then add the doctrine that the consent of a female who has been drinking might not protect a male from being found guilty of rape. Then comes costly litigation against institutions that have denied due process to males they accuse of what society considers serious felonies.

 

Now academia is unhappy about the Education Department’s plan forgovernment to rate every institution’s educational product. But the professors need not worry. A department official says this assessment will be easy: “It’s like rating a blender.” Education, gadgets — what’s the difference?

 

Meanwhile, the newest campus idea for preventing victimizations — an idea certain to multiply claims of them — is “trigger warnings.” They would be placed on assigned readings or announced before lectures. Otherwise, traumas could be triggered in students whose tender sensibilities would be lacerated by unexpected encounters with racism, sexism, violence (dammit, Hamlet, put down that sword!) or any other facet of reality that might violate a student’s entitlement to serenity. This entitlement has already bred campus speech codes that punish unpopular speech. Now the codes are begetting the soft censorship of trigger warnings to swaddle students in a “safe,” “supportive,” “unthreatening” environment, intellectual comfort for the intellectually dormant.

 

It is salutary that academia, with its adversarial stance toward limited government and cultural common sense, is making itself ludicrous. Academia is learning that its attempts to create victim-free campuses — by making everyone hypersensitive, even delusional, about victimizations — brings increasing supervision by the regulatory state that progressivism celebrates.

 

What government is inflicting on colleges and universities, and what they are inflicting on themselves, diminishes their autonomy, resources, prestige and comity. Which serves them right. They have asked for this by asking for progressivism.

 

Thank you George Will & The Washington Post.

 

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George F. Will

Essential commentaries on politics, law and social character have earned him a huge, devoted following. Pulitzer winner. Twice weekly

 

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Conservative columnist and pundit George Will
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About

George Will is one of the most widely recognized, and widely read, writers in the world. With more than 450 newspapers and his appearances as a political commentator on FOX, Will may be the most influential writer in America.

 

Will began his syndicated column with The Writers Group on January 1, 1974, just four months after The Writers Group was founded by Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham. Two years later, Will started a column for Newsweek which ran bi-weekly for more than three decades.

 

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From Think Progress:

 

Major Newspaper Dumps George Will, Apologizes For ‘Offensive’ Rape Column

 

BY JUDD LEGUM

 

Early this month, Washington Post columnist George Will wrote a column claiming that being a rape victim is now a “coveted status” that college women seek out. Will argued that complaints of rape and sexual assualt on college campus were overblown. He also suggested that women claiming to be raped were “delusional.”

 

Will’s column is syndicated in newspapers across the country by the Washington Post, which bills him as “the most influential writer in America.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which has published Will’s column for a number of years, has had enough. In a message today to readers, the paper announced they were dropping Will from their paper and apologized for running his column on sexual assault:

 

The change has been under consideration for several months, but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it.

 

Will will be replaced in the Post-Dispatch by another Washington Post columnist, Michael Gerson.

 

Thank you Think Progress & JUDD LEGUM.

 

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Additional Reading………..

 

Washington Post Columnist Claims Being A College Rape Victim Is Now A ‘Coveted Status’

 

BY TARA CULP-RESSLER

 

Not much needs to be said about the esteemed Mr. George Will….or The Washington Post, for publishing his garbage. Need any more of a reason to boycott both?

 

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PROJECT UNBREAKABLE (Adult Content)


 

By Jueseppi B.

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PROJECT UNBREAKABLE 

 

The mission of Project Unbreakable is to increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault and encourage the act of healing through art. Since the project’s conception in October 2011 by then nineteen year old Grace Brown, it has featured over three thousand images of sexual assault survivors holding posters with quotes from their attackers. Project Unbreakable has been featured in media outlets such as Glamour, TIME, Buzzfeed, and The Guardian



If you are interested in participating by submitting in your own image, you may send an email to projectunbreakablesubmissions @gmail.com. All other questions/concerns can be sent to projectunbreakable@gmail.com. Please know that we unfortunately are unable to read messages sent via Tumblr.

 

It’s vital that people see the human side of the abuse and assault.

 

PROJECT UNBREAKABLE (Adult Content)

 

Published on May 6, 2014

The mission of Project Unbreakable is to increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault and encourage the act of healing through art. Since the project’s conception in October 2011 by then nineteen year old Grace Brown, it has featured over three thousand images of sexual assault survivors holding posters with quotes from their attackers. If you are struggling, RAINN has a free, confidential, 24/7 sexual assault hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE(4673). RAINN also has an online hotline: https://ohl.rainn.org/online/

 

 


Note: We are not qualified to give certified advice on this subject. If you are struggling, RAINN has a free, confidential, 24/7 sexual assault hotline: 



1.800.656.HOPE(4673). RAINN also has an online hotline: https://ohl.rainn.org/online/

 

 

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The White House Initiative To End Sexual Assault On Campus


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The White House’s initiative to end sexual assault on campus

 

A new PSA and website released this week are part of the White House effort to end sexual violence on college campuses.

 

By KATIE DIXON

 

“Colleges and universities can no longer turn a blind eye or pretend rape or sexual assault does not occur on campus.”



Those words came from Vice President Biden at an event announcing findings by the White House’s Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. This first-of-its-kind task force launched in late January and is aimed at preventing and responding to incidents of sexual assault on college campuses.



The administration also released a new video, urging an end to sexual assault on college campuses. The Vice President was joined in the video by President Obama, Daniel Craig, Seth Myers, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carrell, and Dulé Hill. Check it out below:

 

1 is 2 Many PSA: 60 Second

 

Published on Apr 29, 2014

President Obama, Vice President Biden, Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell on putting an end to sexual assault. http://www.whitehouse.gov/1is2many

 

 

 

The task force, headed up by the Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett, is working to provide long-term education and tools for colleges across the country to respond and prevent incidents of sexual assault. In their findings, the task force listed a series of actions that the White House can take to move that goal forward by helping colleges and universities to effectively to survivors of assault, and improving the government’s federal enforcement efforts. 

 

FACT: 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college. RT if you agree that’s unacceptable → https://NotAlone.gov

 

The task force announced the launch of a new website, NotAlone.gov, which includes resources for students and universities so that everyone knows their rights and the policies regarding sexual assault on campuses.



Check out NotAlone.gov to learn more about how the White House is working to prevent sexual assault and how you can help.

 

 

And if you or someone you know has had an experience with sexual violence, know you’re never alone. If you need help now, don’t hesitate: Check out the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network‘s resources, including a 24/7 crisis support hotline for victims of sexual assault, their friends, and families: http://www.rainn.org/get-help

 

 

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