Opinion: Is Bill Cosby’s sentence a case of ‘Too little, too late’?

#MeToo – Is Bill Cosby’s sentencing a case of ‘too little, too late’?

So, comedian and actor BIll Cosby has FINALLY been sentenced to 3 – 10 years in a state penitentiary after being convicted on three charges of aggravated indecent assault. More than 60 women accused him of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. Despite the fact that allegations of sexual misconduct have been doggedly following Cosby for decades, it is astounding to note that none of these cases were able to gain traction for years. Until now.

So what has changed? Adweek reporter Jason Lynch said that the “media landscape has changed considerably—and has now been joined by the far-less-forgiving social media arena”. And there’s your answer. Social media – driven by YOU and ME. The public. Women and men taking a stand against abuse.

#MeToo started to spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media in an attempt to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment. This has seen a slew of voices come forward from all walks of life, and the unmissable power of a public narrative has become obvious. It just serves to affirm why it is so important for the public to actively take part in this kind of dialogue.

We’re thankful that another predator has been locked up this week, yet we have to remain mindful that allegations of Bill Cosby’s sexual crimes date back five decades already! If victims had a safe space to disclose, if they were believed and BIll Cosby was prosecuted then already, how much trauma could have been prevented? How many victims could have been spared the #MeToo trauma? Let’s hope society learns from this, that we can all have the #CourageousConversations that will force these issues to be dealt with before a single predator is ever again allowed to destroy the lives of so many people.

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