Lessons to learn

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

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.

DEN­NIS FITZGERALD

Mel­bourne

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