This Is Not a End of a Cosby Story

It is tantalizing to see that preference as another kind of finale to a Cosby story: a magnitude of probity carried out, finally. Retribution, done retroactively, for all that Cosby has taken from Constand and, by mystic extension, a 59 other women who explain to have been victims of his predations. The arc of story bent, by a feverishness of voices that refused to be wordless any longer, usually a small some-more straightforwardly toward justice. There is, to be sure, a certain finality to a sentence: a story ended. A box closed.

But it would be a mistake to consider of Tuesday’s sentencing as a conclusion, since in a broader sense, a story hasn’t finished during all. And what took place during a sentencing hearings that led to Judge O’Neill’s preference is a absolute sign of why. For one thing, many of a women who have indicted Cosby—who did not get their day in court, mostly since principle of reduction had implemented their possess kinds of endings—were prevented from vocalization during a sentencing. Their stories, in this setting, were silenced.

For another thing, though: The testimonies presented over a march of a hearing—by Constand herself, and by members of her family, who offering ardent justification of a radiating effects of passionate trauma—served as their possess testaments to smoothness and to a fact that, whatever happens to Cosby, a stories of those on a receiving finish of his predations will lift on. Those stories will be sadder and harder than they differently competence have been, since of a entitlements of a male who was once known as “America’s Dad.”

On Monday, Andrea Constand submitted a created victim-impact statement into justification in a Cosby sentencing hearing. “To truly know a impact that passionate attack has had on my life,” she wrote, “you have to know a chairman that we was before it happened.” Before a rape, Constand continued, she had been “a immature lady packed with certainty and looking brazen to a destiny splendid with possibilities.” And afterward: She began carrying nightmares. She mislaid her appetite. She became exhausted. She felt an “overwhelming” clarity of shame.

“Bill Cosby,” Constand wrote, “took my beautiful, healthy immature suggestion and dejected it. He attacked me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.”

That is a story here. And that is a story that has usually a prejudiced finish with Bill Cosby’s sentencing. It is a story that, for Andrea Constand, who was one chairman and afterwards was done into another, has turn unshakable, unending, and in many ways totalizing. “I’ve never married and we have no partner,” she writes. “I live alone. My dogs are my consistent companions, and a members of my evident family are my closest friends.”

Those family members, in lieu of a many women who were not authorised to share their possess victim-impact statements during a sentencing, spoke as well: to those collected in a courtroom and to those examination from beyond. The Constands, during a hearing, told of traumas that linger. They spoke of lives whose paths were irrevocably altered over a march of one evening. They spoke of stories that exclude to be resolved with a neat ending.

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