The headline of today’s Washington Post first-person essay by Barbara Bowman dramatically sums up what is to follow: “Bill Cosby Raped Me. Why Did It Take 30 Years for People to Believe My Story?”
Bowman writes that given the amount of attention she has been able to bring to her accusations over the past ten years, she is puzzled it took the fall 2014 cry of a male stand-up comedian for the world to finally take notice. Her allegations are damning:
Over the years, I’ve struggled to get people to take my story seriously. So last month, when reporter Lycia Naff contacted me for an interview for the Daily Mail, I gave her a detailed account. I told her how Cosby won my trust as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure and then assaulted me multiple times. In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone, where he had offered to mentor me and discuss the entertainment industry.