Dear NOW Members:
The news that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had overturned Bill Cosby’s conviction for sexual assault was a shock to the system. Here’s how we responded in a media statement, but I wanted to also talk directly to you.
When a high-profile predator like Bill Cosby escapes justice, it forces survivors to relive their trauma, reviving feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. It can also discourage other women from reporting their assaults for fear justice will not be served. Sexual abuse is the most underreported crime; more than two out of three assaults go unreported. We must reform a broken criminal justice system that favors rich, powerful abusers and denies survivors justice.
The system may have failed women this week, but it was a reminder that we must continue supporting the courageous women who came forward. We need to uplift and amplify the voices of all survivors and make sure they never feel alone.
Self-care is critical in these moments, and I hope you are taking good care of yourself today. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual abuse or violence, please know there are people who can help. Be sure to visit our website for resources we have assembled to assist survivors, including links to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Assault Hotline.
Please know that the NOW community stands together with you in times like these.