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Cosby Charges Demonstrate Reality of Sexual Assault
Use of alcohol and drugs, trusted status, and assumption that victims would not be believed fueled decades of abuse.

The December 30, 2015 announcement that criminal charges have been filed against Bill Cosby highlight the realities of sexual assault for many victims. Cosby was considered a trusted individual and mentor by many of his victims. Cosby used drugs and alcohol to perpetrate his acts. Cosby assumed that his status and persona would result in victims not being believed if they did report his assaults.