Target: Kumble Subbaswamy, University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor
Goal: Praise university for cutting ties with accused rapist and alumnus Bill Cosby
Fifteen women have come out recently accusing Bill Cosby, a famous comedian and actor, of sexually assaulting them. More and more women have been speaking out about being assaulted by Cosby, mainly in the 1970s and 80s. University of Massachusetts Amherst, the university from which Cosby received his master’s and doctoral degrees, just announced that it will be cutting ties with him due to the allegations. Please let the university know that you support its decision not to work with a man accused of abusing 15 different women.
The women who have come forward about Cosby’s assaults described a variety of abuses, from sexual misconduct to rape, many of them saying they had been drugged and raped by Cosby. No charges have been pressed, and the statute of limitations makes it impossible to charge Cosby with the cases that have been brought up so far, but the public attention has been enough to produce some action. Many of Cosby’s planned TV appearances were cancelled, NBC cancelled a project with him, and Netflix postponed a comedy special featuring Cosby.
UMass Amherst announced that Cosby will resign from his position as an an honorary co-chair of the university’s capital campaign, and so he will no longer be officially tied to the university in any way. This serves as the most recent statement of an organization deciding to disassociate itself from Cosby. This is definitely a positive trend, so we invite you to commend UMass Amherst for its decision to not work with someone who is accused of abusing so many women.
Dear Mr. Subbaswamy,
I am writing to you regarding to the recent news from UMass Amherst, announcing that the official ties of the university with Bill Cosby will be cut. I am very supportive of this decision, and want to thank you for refusing to work with someone who faces such serious accusations of sexually assaulting at least 15 women.
The testimonies from the 15 women who say they have been sexually abused by Cosby are extremely disturbing, and I am very happy to know that you are not willing to condone his actions by continuing to work with him. I would love to see more organizations and groups come out and say that they are not willing to work with someone who is accused of being a serial rapist, and hopefully your statement will encourage others to do so and to condemn Biill Cosby’s actions.
Thank you for standing for the survivors and for making a statement against sexual violence.
[Your Name Here]
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