Last week, Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in a state prison for sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, commented in response:
“Holding people accountable for their behavior is incredibly important. While this sentence may show some progress in that arena, it’s important to note two things: First, that this is a rare instance of the criminal legal system delivering justice for harm inflicted by an offender. Second, we can’t ignore that this conviction, which is being hailed as the ‘first in the #MeToo era,’ is of a black man, when nearly every other high-profile offender over the last year has been white. The criminal legal system has a long way to go before offenders are held accountable equally, no matter race or background.
“Ultimately, whether survivors decide to report or not, whether a case moves forward or not, we are here for all survivors. We listen, we believe, and we support survivors, their loved ones, and community members who are affected by sexual violence every day. And we work hard to change the systems that survivors must interact with and navigate as they seek healing and justice.”