President Obama was asked Wednesday whether or not Bill Cosby would be stripped of his Presidential Medal of Freedom. Obama said there was “no precedent” for this, and declined to comment on the specifics of the Cosby accusations. He did, however, define rape.
“I’ll say this. If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”
Promoting Awareness/Victim Empowerment a victims rights group has called for the Administration to take the award away from Cosby in light of the numerous allegations of rape.
“[They] launched a campaign calling on Obama to revoke Cosby’s Medal of Freedom responded to the president’s remarks by stating that the White House must take action to “send a message to the youth of America,” said an article in The Washington Post.
Cosby has been in the media again after a deposition in 2005 revealed he obtained Quaaludes with for the purpose of giving them to women he intended on having sex with, according to the Associated Press.
To date, over 40 women have accused the former actor of sexual assault.[NBC News] [Washington Post] [Image via Reuters]