THE COSBY STANDARD? Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Written by Candace Hardin on December 9, 2014

In the news we have heard several women accuse Bill Cosby of rape. The one who has filed charges admits it was an alleged crime taking place over 40 years ago.

Judy Huth has filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Cosby. She is now 54, and claims the assault took place in 1974 at the Playboy Mansion.

Would that make her around 14 or 15 in 1974 and why was she a hostess at that age at the Playboy Mansion?

It seems that when Hugh Hefner was interviewed about the incident, no one thought to ask that pertinent question.

A sexual assault lawsuit does not require a criminal conviction and is the only way for the alleged victim to receive monetary compensation for the assault.

Several other women have come forward to add their stories to the one of the original accuser.

No always means no, but being that this matter has not come up for trial, and Mr. Cosby has not been either formally accused or convicted, why is he being publicly ostracized and condemned for crime that has yet to be proven to exist?

The students at Temple, a university where Mr. Cosby has served as a board member since 1982, relished his recent resignation as he was, “dragging the school down.”

So much for 22 years of faithful service, while unproven accusations are allowed to stand.

His television daughter Raven Symone had vigorously defended Cosby in the light of these accusations.

She claims she was never mistreated or abused by Cosby or any other while acting on the Cosby Show. She has requested specifically to be left out of all this scandal.

Being that the young lady has shown in her interview with Oprah that she has a pretty level head on her shoulders, I am inclined to believe that she is telling the truth. She has shown herself to be true to her convictions, regardless of popular public opinion, or shaming by Oprah herself.

The media has taken the bit in its teeth and ran headlong with this story. They have not yet provided proof or a conviction, but a man’s sterling reputation is hanging in tatters.

It is unclear as to the facts of the situation, 40 years later, but our legal proceedings allow a person to be innocent UNTIL proven guilty, not vice versa.

The best procedure to follow if one has been assaulted or suspects that she or he has been assaulted is to go directly to the hospital and ask for a medical official to give an examination for rape along with samples of body fluids. The hospital will help you report the alleged crime to the proper authorities, and there will be evidence to back up the claim.

It is wrong to crucify a person without benefit of trial for any alleged, unproven crime.



Candace Hardin
Candace Hardin resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She is fluent in Spanish and a student of Latin and history. She is a columnist on and has a blog, Originally from North Carolina, her writing and beliefs have been heavily influenced by the Appalachian culture and tradition.