Don Lemon: Alleged Cosby Rape Victim Should Have Bitten His Penis To Save Herself From Assault


Bill Cosby has been in the news recently as more sexual assault victims come forward to the media to tell their stories about the “real” Jello Pudding man.

Many women have described being drugged, unconscious or forced into sexual acts they were not consenting to.

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Many times Cosby used his power as a celebrity to keep the women from going to the police

The victims simply didn’t feel like they would be believed because Cosby was an icon. In fact, at the times that Cosby is said to have been raping these women, he was downright killing it. He allegedly used this very celebrity status to single out and prey on certain women. Even Janice Dickinson is claiming Cosby assaulted her back in the 80’s.

Things have changed for women (and men) when it comes to recognizing and supporting victims of sexual assault, something Joan Tarshis notes, but some things are still slow to come around.

Take CNN Don Lemon’s skeptical comments to Tarshis, who is accusing Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 1969 by forcing her to perform oral sex among other incidents of rape while she was drugged or unconscious.

Lemon said:

You do know, as I mentioned there are a lot of people don’t believe you. They say, ‘Why wouldn’t you go to police?’ or ‘Why would you put yourself in a position to be with him  a second time if he raped you once?’

Tarshis explained that she was scared, she thought no one would believe her because he was Mr. Jell-O

Lemon then brought up the second incident in which Tarshis explained that she had told Cosby that she had an infection and that if he had sex with her that his wife would probably get it, thinking this would dissuade Cosby from raping her, but claims instead she was forced to have oral sex with the comedian.

This is where Lemon ventures into “Mansplain Land,” saying:

LEMON: Well you, you know, there are ways not to perform oral sex, if you don’t want to.

TARSHIS: Oh, I was kind of stoned at the time, and quite honestly, that didn’t even enter my mind. Now, I wish it would have.

LEMON: Meaning the using of the teeth. Biting.

TARSHIS: No, it didn’t even cross my mind. Ouch.

I’m sure in “Mansplain Land” this sounds like a viable option but it just doesn’t consider that with the right abuser, rapes can happen using only psychological control.

While Lemon claims to be speaking for the skeptics, it does sound more like he’s just giving rape advice decades late to a victim of sexual assault— and it’s not even good advice. Coming up with hypothetical solutions after the fact for victims disqualifies their own experience.

Lemon’s comments sparked many to lash out via Twitter on #donlemonreporting:

Check out the full video here:

H/T: NY Mag Photo: CNN (Screenshot)

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