A mistrial doesn’t mean vindication

A mistrial doesn’t mean vindication

Well, that didn’t take long. Less than a week after a mistrial was declared in the case against Bill Cosby, he has announced that he plans to help young men avoid being accused of sexual assault.

At KCSARC, we know that the outcome of a criminal or civil proceeding doesn’t determine what happened to a victim. A jury may find a person not guilty—that doesn’t mean assault didn’t occur.

Sounds like someone should be saying that to Bill Cosby. “Mr. Cosby, over 35 women said that you sexually assaulted them. Ten out of twelve jurors believed there was convincing evidence that you assaulted Andrea Constand. A mistrial doesn’t mean you are vindicated. And it certainly doesn’t mean that you have credibility to talk with young people about stopping sexual assault.”

Our children and young people need role models who demonstrate healthy relationships, consent, and respect. They need role models who demonstrate that being male doesn’t mean taking advantage of another person. They need peers and family members who live these values. Healthy relationships, consent, and respect are cornerstones for creating a society free of sexual violence.

What they don’t need is someone who blames others for his own actions and who doesn’t take responsibility for hurting others.

KCSARC exists to give voice to victims, their families and the community instill courage for people to speak out about sexual assault, and create change in beliefs, attitudes and behaviors about violence. We will continue to do so for as long as sexual assault exists. 

We can continue to provide services to victims of sexual violence and advocate for state and national change because of your support. Donate today.



Although I never like to say anyone is guilty until they have been properly sent through our judicial system, this irritates me to no end. Just because he got a mistrial doesn't mean nothing happened, t means there will be a delay in the process, that's all. What irritates me even more is the fact of now having "town halls" to protect people being convicted of rape. How about we just teach people about consent, and what that looks like. If the men really wanted to "protect themselves", it's simple. Set up a manner that you can CLEARLY, without any ambiguity, and known to both parties, express consent, and ways to also express lack of consent. Easy for everyone to be safe, have fun, and know where everyone is at. I hate to say it, but if something ever did get to trial, then the accused could simply say "we had guidelines, consent was given, and consent was not taken away", but that's also stating that rape and sexual assault cases are VERY rarely falsely accused.

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