Friday, 20 November 2020

Sofa Spotlight - Chasing Cosby, Nicole Weisensee Egan

I think that this counts as one of the most important books that I’ve read this year. As the #metoo movement has grown over the last few years it’s been incredibly shocking how many survivors have come forward to share their story and to seek justice. Which does beg the question, how many more survivors are there out there who haven’t come forward.

This book is shocking on more than one level. It’s terrible that these crimes were committed in the first place, but the cover up that followed, the vilification of the survivors, and how difficult it was for them to get justice, is just incredible. My stomach really turned when I read this book.

But it is a book that should be read, because these stories need to be heard and justice needs to be done, and future crimes prevented. For me there are not words to describe what these women have been through and the terrific bravery they have demonstrated in their quest to bring Bill Cosby to justice.

There are some graphic details in this book but they are not put there for sensitization. As I went through the journey that this book takes the reader one I experienced many emotions – from horror, to shock, to abhorrence at what had been done. But the feeling at the end was satisfaction, that the survivors of this story had been heard, and more importantly, believed.

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