Obama Calls Out Bill Cosby: Drugging Sex Partners Is Rape (VIDEO)


After several online petitions to retract the Medal of Freedom from Bill Cosby in relations to rape allegations, President Obama was asked to weigh in on the issue during a press conference that was originally supposed to be about Iran. When asked what he thought of revoking Cosby’s Medal of Freedom, Obama stated, “There is no precedent for revoking a medal, we don’t have that mechanism.” He then paused for a moment and made a comment appearing to show a stance that Cosby is guilty:

If you give a woman, or a man, for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape. This country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.

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Earlier this month, CNN released details of a 2005 lawsuit that revealed that Cosby admitted to getting prescription Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with. Cosby settled that lawsuit after a Temple University employee claimed he drugged and sexually assaulted her in 2005. Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

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In the wake of the mounting allegations against Cosby, his attorney Martin Singer released a statement saying:

The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.

Although nearly 30 women have come out with rape allegations, Cosby has not been convicted of a crime. Almost all of the claims have passed the statute of limitations, which is preventing scrutiny of the case and possible prosecution. No substantial evidence beyond the testimony of the alleged rape victims has come to the surface yet and may be a result of fear to speak out when the incident occurred. Cosby, as well as his attorney, refuse to comment on the allegations.

With nothing to stand on but word against word testimony, it is uncertain whether or not any or all of these claims are accurate, and due to statute of limitation laws, they won’t be scrutinized. Many cases have already been settled outside of court or in civil cases with cash rewards. It is unfortunate that skepticism will remain held as to the actual incidents; however, it is quite common for a rape victim to be afraid to testify to being the victim of crimes, particularly when your rapist is a widely respected public figure.

This is just one of many cases where a possible victim doesn’t report a rape early enough to beat statute of limitation laws. Early reporting can allow DNA evidence to be acquired and help to proceed with a prosecution, but often many victims of rape find it difficult to openly admit to the occurrence. Lack of swift action and the statute of limitations may prove to hinder a definitive answer in this case. Although we may never know whether or not these events actually occurred, it can only be hoped statute of limitations laws can be retracted to prevent criminals from walking free.

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