Revoke Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom

Bill Cosby's Pinning Ceremony

Target: U.S. President Barack Obama

Goal: Revoke comedian Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom after he admitted to using drugs on women accusing him of rape.

Activists are calling for Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom to be revoked after over 40 women accused him of rape and he finally admitted to acquiring drugs to use on women he wanted to “have sex with.”

Too many beloved public figures have gotten away with sexually assaulting, abusing, and raping women. The unfortunate side effect of these miscarriages of justice is that it sends the message to men and boys that this kind of behavior is acceptable and that they will not be punished for it. The only way to end the cycle of rape culture is to make it clear to everyone that rape and sexual assault will not be tolerated–that anyone caught committing these terrible acts will be stripped of all honors and condemned by society.

Bill Cosby has already lost many supporters and his talent agency. To really send home the message that this is unacceptable, President Obama should sign an executive order to have his Medal of Freedom revoked. Senators Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand are already backing efforts to encourage this move. Sign this petition to add your voice to supporters of the many survivors of sexual violence and demand that Cosby be stripped of this government honor.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Obama,

As you know, comedian Bill Cosby has been accused by over 40 women of rape. Recently, court documents were released that reveal his admission of acquiring sedatives to use on women that he wanted to “have sex with.”

You may also be aware of the fact that Bill Cosby was given the Medal of Freedom in 2002. The honor is purely symbolic, therefore it would be just as symbolic to revoke it. By taking away that honor, you would be sending a message to the entire country that sexual violence will not be tolerated–that no one who sexually assaults women will be allowed to hold a government-imposed honor.

Please stand up for the millions of sexual violence survivors in the U.S. alone by signing an executive order to have Cosby’s Medal of Freedom revoked. In a country where one in five women will suffer rape or attempted rape in her lifetime, it’s essential that our leaders make it clear that rape is a terrible crime that will be met with widespread retribution.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Kevin S. O’Brien

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2 Comments

  1. Barbara G Snodgras says:

    President Obama said it would not be revoked as there is no precedence. Well make this the first, then there will be a precedence for anyone else who decided to break the law in this manner.

  2. Amy M Glogowski says:

    I agree with Barbara, there’s always a first for this & you do not give a medal to someone who is harmful to society! I used to love watching Bill Cosby in the different shows & movie over the years, but even as a rape survivor myself-now He makes me sick to my stomach!

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