March 9, 2015

Bill Cosby accuser Jewel Allison has written an essay about why she waited so long to come forward. She explained that she didn’t tell because she didn’t “want to let black America down.”


She wrote, “Like many of the women who say they were assaulted by Bill Cosby, it took me two decades to gain the courage to reveal it publicly. His accusers – mostly white, so far – have faced retaliation, humiliation and skepticism by coming forward. As an African American woman, I felt the stakes for me were even higher.  Telling my story wouldn’t only help bring down Cosby; I feared it would undermine the entire African American community.”

Allison wrote that she also felt “a certain instinct to protect Cosby” since he is one of the the most celebrated and admired icons in the black community. She added, “But as I vomited in the backseat of the taxi that Cosby ushered me into after he assaulted me one night in the late 1980s, that Dr. Huxtable image no longer made sense. I felt both physically violated and emotionally bamboozled. Still, I didn’t want the image of Dr. Huxtable reduced to that of a criminal.”

She added, “I knew that, in my reluctance to add my assault to the allegations facing Cosby, I was allowing race to trump rape.”