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Why doubting Bill Cosby’s alleged rape victims is the worst thing to do

Two more woman have now come forward accusing Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, but their stories have been met with a backlash of nasty comments from those that doubt them.

During a press conference held by attorney Gloria Allred on Thursday in Los Angeles, California, two former models — Linda Brown and Lise-Lotte Lublin — described their alleged encounters with Cosby.

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According to Jezebel, Brown opened up about an incident that happened in a hotel room in Toronto, Canada, over 20 years ago.

I felt like a rag doll and like a real-life blow-up doll for him,” she said. “I felt dirty, ashamed and embarrassed,” and fooled into believing that Cosby was “nice, trustworthy and honorable.

“I want people to know who Mr. Cosby really is: He has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality and if you trust him, then he has fooled you as well,” she said.

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According to ET Online, these latest accusations join at least 20 other woman who claim to have had very similar encounters with the comedian. But there are clearly some people who are doubting Cosby’s victims’ claims, with comments including, “Still nothing but a bunch of dried up old hags that had very little or no careers that’s now trying to get a foot aboard that Cosby money train,” and “there is no known drug that after one sip diluted in a soda would do what she claims. She is mistaken or outright lying.”

Here’s why this is so wrong

There are many women who have come forward who are highly successful in their own right, and it’s hard to believe that they have anything to gain by admitting what allegedly happened to them decades ago. But that’s not the point. Are some of the accusers lying and jumping on the “money train”? Maybe, but it’s not our job to determine who is telling the truth and who is not. What our job should be, however, is to support women who come forward, because shaming rape victims helps no one.

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Shrugging off all of these claims as a lie perpetuates the fear other rape victims have when it comes to sharing their story — which is perhaps one of the reasons why it took so long for these women to come forward with their stories. Women who come forward should encourage other victims to speak up, knowing they’ll be heard and understood. So stop judging, start supporting. Hopefully, one day, the truth will come out; but until then, keep your negative comments for both parties involved to yourself.

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