35 Bill Cosby Accusers Appear on the Cover of 'New York' Magazine
The powerful and groundbreaking, albeit troubling issue can be found on newsstands today.
After months of allegations against an American TV icon, New York magazine has unveiled one of its most powerful covers in the publication's history.
46 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of rape and 35 of these victims have stepped forward for an in-depth feature that recounts their heartbreaking, distressing, and disturbingly similar stories.
A deposition released from a 2005 case reveals that the comedian admitted to using Quaaludes in order to have sex with women. While it has been difficult to keep track of the many recent accusations, the magazine's groundbreaking approach to victim profiles has helped to give these women a voice in the "unwelcome sisterhood."
“The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study — both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period,” the magazine wrote. “In the ’60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger … But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape.”
The final chair on the cover is vacant -- a presumably symbolic gesture for any other victims who have yet to come forward. Social media users have been using #theemptychair to reveal their own accounts of sexual abuse.
To read New York magazine's entire story, which also includes video interviews, click here.