Bye-bye, Bill. (Matt Rourke / AP)

Bill Cosby heads to prison not as a comedy icon, not as America’s dad, but as a symbol that no matter how powerful the man, victims of sex crimes can win justice.

The sentence is a testament to the heroic persistence of Andra Constand, whom Cosby raped and discarded but did not defeat.

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In January 2004, Cosby drugged Constand at his Philadelphia-area home and assaulted her while she was paralyzed. In 2005, the Montgomery County, Pa., district attorney refused to prosecute, declaring the evidence insufficient.

It wasn’t until a comedian called Cosby a rapist in 2014 that dozens more women came forward and the criminal claims came rushing back. “He said, she said,” became “he said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said.”

“Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it,” wrote Constand.

Now he will pay the price.

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