For more than five decades, Bill Cosby, once known as “America’s Dad” was a household name in many families – in the USA, Africa and far beyond. He was a role model due to his role in many of his TV series – especial The Cosby show. Sadly, the name Bill Cosby is nowadays anything but fatherly. Just like many great names, he has fallen from grace to grass, thanks to sexual assault accusations against him from 60 women. The incidents took place from 1965 to 2008.
After the first trial, which ended without a verdict, on Thursday, a jury found Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault and drugging of Andrea Constand at his home in a Philadelphia suburb in 2004. The 80-year-old comedian faces up to 10 years in prison on each count. That is not all. More than 60 other women have equally accused Mr Cosby of the same charges.
One might be tempted to ask why some of these women waited more than 50 years before they reported the sexual assault cases. Are there some secret hands or racial undertone behind the accusations? There might be some elements of racism here. Definitely, but let us not be sentimental here. The question is, if the sex was consensual, as Bill Cosby claimed, why would he drug his “victims?” This is a question begging for an answer. He admitted to having drugged the women! Why would he first drug them before sleeping with them, if they agreed to have sex with him? Does one need some mental help here?
We might not be legal experts, but at least, let us try to reason, logically. Personally, I really love Bill Cosby and I am one of his numerous fans, but I guess he just messed up as a role model. Just like many of us, he must have been simply intoxicated by power, which made him believe he could do whatever he wanted, pay good lawyers and get away with it. With a net worth of $400 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, Bill Cosby can pay any lawyer he wants. But sometimes, money is not everything. Nor does power last forever. He is not the first; nor will he be the last. Think of powerful individuals like the former USA President Bill Clinton, Strauss-Kahn (former IMF Chief), Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump Etc. These and other powerful men and women have often used their powerful position to emotionally abuse their victims. Unlike the physical abuse which leaves some physical marks, the emotional abuse hardly does. In most cases, the abusers control their victims through the creation of fear and intimidation. Will African leaders learn from the mistakes of others and use their positions to change the lives of others positively? Your guess is as good as mine.
Yes, some women may well capitalise on the recent campaign against sexual intimidation for their personal aggrandizement, victimization and financial gains, but there is a proverb that says: ” If you must blame the hawk for wickedness, first scold the mother hen for exposing her offspring to danger.” More on www.katakata.org