Over the past few months—and even the past few years—more and more women have stepped forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Last night, A&E helped their voices to be further heard, through an hour-long TV special titled Cosby: The Women Speak.
After an unearthed deposition revealed that Cosby admit to drugging women before having sex with them and New York magazine rounded up 35 of his accusers for a powerful cover story, it has become clearer than ever that the actor has sexually assaulted countless women through his life. Many of those women felt pressured to stay silent on their assault, as Cosby had promised to help them in their own careers. Others felt empowered to reveal their own stories after learning that other women had gone through the same scarring experience. In Cosby: The Women Speak, they got a chance to say what many of them had kept hidden for so long.
“He's given us all a purpose—a sisterhood purpose," said former model Lise-Lotte Lublin. And together, the 13 women who appeared in the special are raising their voices even louder so that justice can be served.