With the attention once again on Bill Cosby as he was sentenced today, many conversations are happening everywhere about sexual assault, reporting, advocacy and the legal process. The three to ten year sentence seems low, when compared to the horrific harm he inflicted on his victims. But he has finally been held accountable and labeled permanently for what he truly is: a sexually violent predator. Victims can finally have closure to this nightmarish chapter, and, hopefully, begin the healing they so need and deserve. It is a win for all victims to see a perpetrator being held responsible for their actions.
It is important for victims in Rhode Island to know that Day One is available to help victims at any time. Whether it is immediately after an assault or years later. Support is available for victims of sexual assault and loved ones. Day One has someone available to speak with 24/7, no matter when the sexual violence occurred. Staff and volunteers are trained to accompany victims to medical facilities, police stations, and legal proceedings and advocate for their needs.
At the heart of every sexual abuse case are the victims. Victims seek justice and show courage and strength in facing their attacker in court. Going through the legal process can be traumatic and the loss of privacy and control over this most intimate part of their life can mirror the loss of control felt at the time of the abuse.
We hope the fact that Cosby, a person with fame, power, and notoriety, has been held accountable, will in turn help other survivors of sexual violence feel comfortable in coming forward with their own reports against their offenders. Victims should first and foremost be believed if we are to be able to move forward with healing. Once again, Day One is here for anyone who is looking for support. Contact us at 401-421-4100. If you need immediate assistance, please call our 24/7 helpline at 1-800-494-8100.