Valley accuser reacts to Bill Cosby's conviction

Author Terry Mc Millan responded to Bill Cosby's conviction on Thursday by tweeting

Author Terry Mc Millan responded to Bill Cosby's conviction on Thursday by tweeting""Hallelujah. It's about damn time. #FinallyHimToo

"I think the fact that the judge yesterday allowed him to walk out of that courtroom, did not remand him immediately to jail, gives us a sense about what this judge is likely to do when he gets to the sentencing hearing", she said. It's important to point out that this is the first celebrity trial since the #MeToo movement began, and many famous women who led the conversations and are still vocal in #MeToo and #TimesUp have chimed in with their reactions to the Cosby verdict.

Chief accuser Andrea Constand, meanwhile, took to Twitter to thank prosecutors in her first comment on the verdict.

Temple University has rescinded the honorary doctorate it awarded in 1991 to Bill Cosby, who was a highly visible long-time booster and fundraiser for the Philadelphia school, where he earned an undergraduate degree.

More than 60 women have made sexual accusations against Cosby but only Constand's case resulted in criminal charges. But she was there at both trials - one of the first to arrive and last to leave each day. The jury recognized the 80-year-old actor guilty. If you're anything like me, probably between zero and three - and yet Cosby, through his lawyers, argued in court that the women who accused him of drugging and assaulting them years ago lied about their experiences with him out of a desire to gain fame.

This verdict is being celebrated as a major win for the #MeToo movement.

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As in so many cases for so many years, this one turned on the credibility of the accuser.

"We are so happy that finally we can say, women are believed, and not only on #MeToo, but in a court of law", said Gloria Allred, the high-profile lawyer who represents 33 Cosby accusers. He detailed how Cosby "used his celebrity, he used his wealth, he used his network of supporters to prey on young women - many of whom looked up to him as a friend and mentor - and then to hide his awful crimes". He created the top-ranked "Cosby Show" two decades later. That nice man couldn't have done all those things.

"It could take a couple of years - the appeal - and they will go all the way to the state supreme court, and I think he'll be on house arrest the entire time. It is not. Because these are perfectly normal behaviours of raped victims".

After Thursday's verdict, District Attorney Kevin Steele apologized to Constand on behalf of the prosecutor's office for not filing charges.

Rather than focusing on the perpetrator, we would say this is a moment to pay tribute to the sexual assault survivors who had the courage to speak out and the persistence to stand by their stories during long years of official neglect, minimization and disbelief.

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As you might have guessed, I have a lot of pent-up anger against you because of What You Did To Women. "She showed courage, she stayed through this". "I hope he rots in hell". Whereas before our judges and juries required mountains of corroboration to build a circumstantial case, now the similar echoed stories of a few other women sealed the deal. They were being fearless.

The deposition release in 2015 prompted authorities to reopen the criminal investigation, and they eventually brought charges.

"These survivors are being heard and believed", Robbin said. Instead, no matter how grevious the original behaviour, most are cautious and insist the real problem lies in the way their employers responded (or, often, didn't respond) to the behaviour. Right now I am talking regularly to women who are struggling with a big decision.

Prosecutors reopened the case in 2015, almost a decade after she signed a $3.4 million settlement with Cosby in 2006, claiming that new evidence had come to light just as other accusers came forward. They know that's needed. "They need our voices, too". It's a tough choice, and I get that.

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