"In the '60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger, " Malone wrote. "But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape."
For many of Cosby's alleged victims, this story marks the end of of their anonymity — and, along with that, a cri de coeur to be heard and seen, their trauma acknowledged. "I went into this thinking he was going to be my father," said Barbara Bowman, who claims she was assaulted by the comedian in the 1980s. "I could have walked down any street of Manhattan at any time and said, ‘I’m being raped and drugged by Bill Cosby,’ but who the hell would have believed me?" she said. "Nobody, nobody.”
The feature appears both in the New York print edition for the week of July 27, as well as online. The digital version includes additional video interviews. On June 29, The New York Times published previously unseen depositions in which Bill Cosby admitted to giving women quaaludes; no formal charges have been filed against him at this time.
Currently, the New York magazine site is down. Check back later to read the story in its entirety; in the meantime, the outlet is sharing excerpts via Instagram.
Louisa Moritz, 68, an actress, was allegedly assaulted by Bill Cosby in 1971. Moritz was getting ready to appear on the 'Tonight Show' when someone opened the door of her dressing room. “He never knocked. I knew it was Mr. Cosby. I'd seen his picture. He walked in and closed the door behind him. It went on for maybe four minutes, five minutes. But it was the longest five minutes that I ever experienced. And when they called my name, he ran out. When he walked down the stage, he introduced himself as Louisa Moritz. And then a huge laugh. When they called me to go onstage, I was a zombie. He didn't look at me while we were on the show. I didn't look at him. I just felt him. I was afraid to tell anybody. I knew who Mr. Cosby was and that prevented me from telling anybody. I felt ashamed. I was embarrassed to be me." Tap the photo to hear Louisa Moritz tell her story, and watch her video interview at nymag.com/cosby-women.