Social media is reviving sexual assault allegations against comedian Bill Cosby.Once accusation is from 30 years ago. Another from the 1970s. At least one says that she was given a date-rape drug.
A woman came forward this week to say she'd been raped by the comedian years ago.
That set off a backlash, including the cancellation of an appearance on "Late Show With David Letterman" scheduled for next week.
Cosby has never been charged with sexual assault. But this is not the first time he has been accused.
There are no police reports, medical exams, or corroborating witnesses. For the most part, these seem to be women who only came forward many years later seeking money. Cosby is rich.
The date-rape drug is mainly a myth. Yes, there is such a thing, but nearly all accusations about it are false. If Cosby were drugging women, it would only take one to go straight to a physician for a blood test, and to the police to make an arrest. Then Cosby would be in jail. Our society has no tolerance for that sort of thing.
I say men should be innocent until proven guilty. There is no way to prove innocence or guilt about a sexual assault allegation from 30 years ago. He should be given the benefit of the doubt.
More and more, men are considered guilty based on dubious accusations. Here is the Obama administration requirement on colleges:
F-7. May the complainant’s sexual history be introduced at hearings?If a man is accused of a serious crime, then he should have the right to present contrary evidence. If the girl says she was a virgin who would never have sex with a frat party date, then the guy should have an opportunity to rebut that. But Obama policy does not allow colleges to let him have that opportunity.
Answer: Questioning about the complainant’s sexual history with anyone other than the alleged perpetrator should not be permitted. Further, a school should recognize that the mere fact of a current or previous consensual dating or sexual relationship between the two parties does not itself imply consent or preclude a finding of sexual violence. The school should also ensure that hearings are conducted in a manner that does not inflict additional trauma on the complainant.
I wonder if the Obama feminists have discovered what is going on in Antarctica:
In 2006, they saw, for the first time, a fur seal attempting to copulate with a king penguin, on Marion Island, a sub-Antarctic island that is home to both species.They could go either way on this -- try to stop it or issue marriage licenses for it.
They published details of that incident, and speculated that the sex act at the time may have been the behavior of a frustrated, sexually inexperienced seal. Or an aggressive, predatory act. Or a playful one that turned sexual.
But the new incidents, published in the study "Multiple occurrences of king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) sexual harassment by Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella)", still surprised the researchers.
Update: Breaking news:
Adrian Peterson, the star Minnesota Vikings running back who had been facing child abuse charges, has been suspended by the NFL for the remainder of the 2014 season without pay.He was one of the best running backs in the NFL.
The league said it informed Peterson in a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell that he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15.
The league said it suspended Peterson "for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in an incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his four-year-old son last May" - the first example of the league's crackdown on players involved with domestic violence.
Next comes the psychobabble:
In his letter to Peterson, Goodell hinted at what those aggravating circumstances might be: "You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct. When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not 'eliminate whooping my kids' and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child's mother. You also said that you felt 'very confident with my actions because I know my intent.' These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future." ...Goodell gets paid up to $40M a year for pandering to feminists in this way.
As part of his path to reinstatement, the NFL is insisting Peterson meet with Dr. April Kuchuk of the NYU Department of Psychiatry before December 1, 2014, reports CBSSports.com' Will Brinson. Kuchuk will design a counseling and therapy program for Peterson after that meeting to be shared with the commissioner and NFLPA. If he does not adhere to that program, he could face a lengthier suspension, Goodell warned.
I realize that people disagree about the benefits and harms of corporal punishment. But it is not the place of the NFL to tell a man to how to discipline his child. And it is certainly not fair to send a man to a re-education camp for standing up for what he believes.
The NFL is in a panic because they don't know how to stand up to feminists, and because Sunday night football ratings have fallen below The Walking Dead, a silly show about killing zombies. I do not think that they will be helped by suspending their best players.