On Sunday night, New York Magazine published its latest issue with a cover story on 35 of the 46 women who had accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them over the past several decades.
The New York Magazine story written by Noreen Malone includes interviews from 35 of Bill Cosby's accusers. The women came forward over many years, but the number of alleged victims avalanched during the past year.
A deposition released to the public this past week for a 2005 case reveals that the comedian admitted to acquiring quaaludes in order to have sex with women.
The profile of the 35 alleged victims shows women who are of all different ages and had all sorts of careers — waitresses, journalists, Playboy Bunnies — but who have striking similarities in their stories to how Cosby preyed on them.
New York Magazine's cover included a stark black-and-white image of 35 women, who have accused Cosby of sexual assault and were willing to be photographed, in chairs alongside one seat that remained empty.
The response on social media to the cover image and story was filled with praise for the magazine's work.
The lone empty chair was said to represent the women who remain silent about their experiences of sexual assault.
The courage and bravery of these women who have shared their stories in such a public way is to be commended. At RAINN, we know that hearing from survivors of sexual assault can make a big difference in the lives of others who have been impacted by this crime. We hope that seeing these women's stories will encourage many others to come forward and get help through the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org).