Following a mistrial on sexual assault charges, Bill Cosby plans to give a five-city tour to help men avoid being accused of sexual assault.
Bill Cosby — the man who has been accused of sexual assault by more than 60 women — is now going on a five-city tour to teach people how to avoid getting accused of sexual assault.
“Really?” a Fox News anchor responded when she heard the news.
Really, Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt confirmed.
“This is bigger than Bill Cosby,” Wyatt explained. “This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today, and they need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things they shouldn’t be doing.”
“And it also affects married men,” he added.
Bill Cosby plans to go on tour of "town halls" to educate how to avoid sexual assault allegations ???? pic.twitter.com/IxkM6X0mLQ
— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) June 22, 2017
Others aren’t convinced that this is the appropriate takeaway from Cosby’s recent experiences in court.
“It would be more useful if Mr. Cosby would spend time talking with people about how not to commit sexual assault in the first place,” Jodi Omear, vice president of communications for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), said.
The Internet seemed to agree.
Bill Cosby is going to teach men how to avoid getting accused of sexual assault…
…Not drugging and raping women would be a good start.
— Mike P Williams ???? (@Mike_P_Williams) June 22, 2017
there's as much a chance of bill cosby having those seminars as o.j. teaching ppl how to find the real killers.
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) June 23, 2017
Ebonee Benson, who also does PR for the Cosby family, explained that it’s important for men to be informed about what she considers to be increasingly liberal views on what sexual assault means.
“Laws are changing,” she said. “The statute of limitations for victims of sexual assault are being extended, so this is why people need to be educated on a brush against a shoulder, anything at this point can be considered sexual assault. It’s a good thing to be educated about the laws.”
A statement released by Wyatt reiterated this idea.
“It’s important to educate people that you could be at a baseball game and it could be crowded and a young man could try to squeeze through and accidentally touch a young lady’s butt or breast by mistake and that could be considered sexual assault,” it read.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) June 23, 2017
Or, like Cosby, you could drug young women with Quaaludes and then have sex with them. That could also be considered sexual assault. Because it is sexual assault.
Despite dozens of women’s statements on Cosby’s predatory behavior and damning testimony from the comedian himself, he was allowed to walk free this week after a judge declared a mistrial.
After six days of testimony and 30 hours of debate, the jury of seven men and five women could not come to a decision.
Wayment….Bill Cosby is planning to teach a course on how to avoid sexual assault accusations?! ????????♀️ pic.twitter.com/C1YZTZ35t2
— Coke B (@endleZZ1ove) June 23, 2017
Though prosecutors have vowed to bring the 79-year-old to court again in the near future, his reps are saying it’s time for him to “get back to work.”
Their rape tour will include a minimum of five cities — including Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia — and the speeches will be free.
Note to female attendees: pack your pepper spray.
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