Women Who Report Sexual Assault Are Often “Re-Raped” in Court

Bill Cosby rape survivor Lili Bernard joins us to respond to President Trump’s dismissal of sexual assault allegations against himself and his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, ahead of today’s hearing in which his accuser Dr. Christine Ford is set to testify. “Never in my life would I have imagined that the same week in which my rapist… entered into a state penitentiary for years, that a nominated Supreme Court justice would be in a hearing… to face questions about sexual assault,” Bernard says. She is a visual artist and actor who has accused Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her in the early 1990s when he mentored her in preparation for her guest starring role on “The Cosby Show.”

AMY GOODMAN: In addition to our discussion of what’s taken place now with Judge Kavanaugh, the news that broke this week of Bill Cosby. Let’s just talk about this week and what happened in a Pennsylvania courtroom. This week in Pennsylvania, Bill Cosby is behind bars after a Pennsylvania judge sentenced him to three to 10 years in prison. In April, a jury found Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, at Cosby’s home in 2004. Constand is one of more than 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual assaults dating back decades. Cosby had been out on bail since his conviction last spring and on Tuesday, the Montgomery county judge Stephen O’Neill ordered him to be jailed immediately. The judge also upheld a state board’s finding that Cosby’s a sexually violent predator, meaning Cosby will have to undergo monthly counseling and register as a sex offender with police for the rest of his life. Neighbors and schools will be notified of his address and crimes. So, we’re joined right now by Lili Bernard. She was in the courtroom this week when Cosby was sentenced. Now, Lili Bernard is a visual artist. She is an…

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