Today, jurors found Bill Cosby guilty of sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Of the more than 40 women who have reported that Cosby sexual assaulted them, only Constand’s case resulted in a criminal trial. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, released the following statement in response:
“Nearly one year ago, a judge declared a mistrial when jurors were unable to reach a conclusion as to whether or not Bill Cosby was guilty of sexual assault. One year later, in a retrial, Cosby has been found guilty. The facts have not changed, but thanks to the #MeToo movement, people’s willingness to believe survivors has. Constand deserves our gratitude for her courage and persistence in sticking with this case.
“We hope she gets some measure of relief knowing that the jury believed her. Every survivor deserves the same. Every day at BARCC, we listen to survivors, and we believe them. Much work remains to raise public awareness about sexual assault and to find ways to assist survivors as they heal. Believing them is a good place to start, and BARCC will continue its work with survivors, their families, and the broader public to achieve that goal.”