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Gillian Branstetter, Media Manager, National Women’s Law Center | [email protected]
In response to the news of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Bill Cosby’s conviction, We, As Ourselves responded to the news with the statement below:
To every survivor impacted by today’s news: we see you, we support you, and we are with you. We know that today’s decision serves to undermine, invisibilize, and diminish the harm experienced by survivors. And beyond the trauma of having our experiences re-evaluated in the criminal legal system, our experiences will be questioned in our communities. That fact is painful and disheartening.
In the days, weeks, and months to come, there will be varied reactions and commentary on this decision. It is important for us to remember that the Pennsylvania court decision cannot erase or invalidate survivors’ stories and the power of our voices. The commentary that we value will center the experiences of survivors, lead with empathy, and emphasize that sexual assault has no place in our communities. The ones we value will resist the urge to bring down the survivors who bravely share their stories, call out comments and actions that degrade survivors and uphold their abusers, and push back against the idea that those who speak out are betraying their community.
As a community, it is our collective responsibility to build a culture that prioritizes accountability and healing for survivors.
We, As Ourselves is a collaboration, powered by The ‘me too’ Movement, National Women’s Law Center, and TIME’S UP Foundation to reshape the narrative around sexual violence and its impact on Black survivors.