Ever since the 2014 Hannibal Buress stand-up clip went viral, the Bill Cosby rape scandal continues to inflate until the balloon seemingly popped with the release of Cosby’s deposition in the 2005 case of former Temple basketball player, Andrea Constand.
The disturbing deposition reveals Cosby, rather nonchalantly, detailing his use of Quaaludes, a common date rape drug, in pursuit of sex with young women.
Cosby further explains through his masterful people reading skills, he could easily discern when a woman wanted a sexual relationship with him.
While Cosby’s name and side of the story have crowded recent headlines, Noreen Malone and Amanda Demme at New York magazine have chosen to shed light on the more important element here: the women whom Cosby is alleged to have assaulted.
In an impressive combination of essay, personal testimony, video, and stunning portraits, the New York piece chronicles the story of 35 women who decided they are “no longer afraid.”
Over the course of six months, New York magazine interviewed everyone from famous supermodels, Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, to waitresses, struggling actresses and even journalists, whose names may not have been known before, but whose stories as survivors are an important part of the narrative.
Putting faces to a story brings to light the tremendous pain and turmoil one individual wreaked on the lives of so many. The societal effort to break rape culture begins with acknowledging, uplifting and listening to the stories of survival, because these women have been brave enough to choose not to be victimized by fear.