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Local advocates react to Cosby charges

Posted: 7:12 PM, Dec 30, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-31 00:12:04Z
He was once known as "America's Dad," and Wednesday, after being charged with sexual assault, Bill Cosby was charged just one month before the statute of limitations expired.
 
Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Pa. charged Cosby Wednesday with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault related to an incident alleged to have happened in 2004.
 
Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University told investigators she was assaulted by Cosby at his home in Cheltenham.
 
She is one of more than 50 women who have accused him since. Time after time, when asked about the allegations, Cosby, 78, has said reiterated that he's never been charged with a crime.
 
When Cosby, in Baltimore in March, performed a comedy show at The Lyric, Rachel Perry-Crook was part of a group of women who protested outside.
 
"I wanted the people that were giving him their money to know exactly what he had done and exactly how many women had come forward," said Perry-Cook, founder of SlutWalk Baltimore, a group of women who work to raise awareness for survivors of sexual assault.
 
Perry-Cook said depending on which way statistics are interpreted, "one in four or one in five women have been victimized at some point in their lives."
 
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Prosecutors initially declined to pursue charges, and Constand later settled in a civil suit. Depositions in that suit were made public this summer after a lawsuit was filed by the Associated Press.
 
In them, Cosby admits to giving Quaaludes to women, though said he only did it when consensual. Those statements led prosecutors to charges.
 
Cosby was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on the charges, entering no plea. He remains free on a $1 million dollar bail.
 
"No one is above facing repercussions for their actions," Perry-Cook said.