In an article published by the Washington Post on Thursday, Barbara Bowman reveals that she had been raped by Bill Cosby. The former aspiring actress claims that the TV star has assaulted her several times when she was only a teenager.
In her open letter, Barbara Bowman asks why she didn’t get any attention from the public when she first made the public revelations. The sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby date back to the 1970s. Brown claimed that the comedian assaulted her when she was only 17. “(He) brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure, and then assaulted me multiple times,” she wrote in her essay.
The woman claimed that the assault took place at his home, in New York. She revealed that she had a glass of wine and blacked out. She said that she is certain that Cosby drugged and raped her. However, this was not the only time when he abused her, as Barbara said. The woman revealed that he also tried to rape her. The incident took place at a hotel in Atlantic City.
Barbara Bowman claimed that Cosby held her down, but she fought him and screamed for help. Eventually, he gave up and sent her home. The woman said that this was extremely traumatic for her. She tried to convince herself that Cosby did nothing and she was only imagining his actions, as he promised to make her a star.
Barbara said that the fame of the star actually made it very difficult for her to speak out against him. Still, she couldn’t keep the silence. Well, when another woman, Andrea Constandt, filed a lawsuit against the star in 2004 for similar accusations, Barbara realized that she needs to tell her story, too. The case involving Andrea Constandt was finally settled out of the court.
“Why wasn’t I believed?” Barbara wrote, wondering why her case did not raise interest. “Why didn’t I get the same reaction of shock and revulsion when I originally reported it? Why was I, a victim of sexual assault, further wronged by victim blaming when I came forward? The women victimized by Bill Cosby have been talking about his crimes for more than a decade. Why didn’t our stories go viral?”