Lessons to learn
The trial and conviction of Bill Cosby is a long and sad story, although there are a few lessons that can be learnt.
The first is the reality that even your heroes are fallible, and that stranger danger is more likely to be ‘all people can be dangerous’. It is sad that we should all be cautious of everyone as the result of a few people’s actions.
This is another story of the status of celebrity seems to give immunity to the normal laws and code of behaviour of most people. It is pleasing to see that this is not the legal reality, and that they are subject to the same rules, and more importantly punishments.
The 60 or more women who told similar stories shows how the #Metoo movement and the need to speak up is so important, although no one should be condemned for not doing so. There is also a need to review that statute of limitations, as the crime is still an event that occurred and the consequences and pain may be never ending. Comedians can be funny but sexual assailants are not funny, they are evil without doubt.