Cosby trial sparks memories of abuse
Rockaway Park: I couldn’t be happier for the victims who had the courage to come out against Bill Cosby. He is a predator who used his money and power to torment and destroy innocent women. Thank you to the judge who saw no leniency due to “age and health issues.” Justice is being served.
What saddens me are those like me who have no voice because our abusers are not famous. We have been damaged as well and most of us live with the pain every day but no one cares because our predators are not famous, our stories won’t sell newspapers. In my case, I am well into the twilight years of my life and my molestation (at least what I have clear memories of) started when I was 8 years old. I remember his name and I vividly remember the episodes and what he had me wear. I had no voice then and still have no voice. He is a monster who ruined my life and I hate myself every day for not understanding the damage that was done to me before starting my own family.
It has taken so many years for me to understand behavior and emotional growth patterns that change in a person who is molested. We don’t develop emotionally in the same way someone without this type of trauma does. What truly sickened me was reconnecting with an old friend on social media and talking about the “old neighborhood.” I said I have no good memories, and she asked why. I told her and she said, “He did the same thing to me.”
I truly hope he is dead. If he’s not, I hope to cross paths with him before I die. He destroyed me, I would like to tell him so. I have no idea who I would have been had this not happened to me. I do know that it set me up for a pattern of falling victim to other predators over the years and never feeling I had the right to speak up.
Daily News, if you’re ever ready to tell the story of just a regular person, I would love to share my mine. I would like the opportunity to attempt to heal like Cosby’s victims now have. I challenge Gloria Allred to contact me and help a “nobody.” Elyse Rubin
Manhattan: The statements of Cosby’s publicist after the sentencing are so wrong and inflammatory that he should be barred from the public-relations business. The sheer number alone of women who have come forward to report their stories about Cosby should quash any hint of innocence. Having witnessed Cosby literally pawing a female employee of mine some years ago gave me solid evidence of his wanton behavior. And then to invoke the name of Jesus? Well, there was nothing racist or sexist about this case. The perp was caught, tried and convicted. Amen. Hopefully, it will send a strong message to any others who try to engage in this type of sexual manipulation. Jack D. Weiss
Corona: Bill Cosby has now been sentenced for crimes he may or may not have committed. Was there actually enough proof to warrant such a sentence? I have trouble believing this had nothing to do with race. People are always saying “there’s no racism.” Unfortunately, they are not people of color. The Cosby sentence to me was extreme. There are other sexual offenders out there who should get the same consideration as Bill Cosby. However, they are now a Supreme Court Justice nominee and the President of the United States. Yeah, there’s no racism. Michael Thomas
One jailed, one free
Metuchen, N.J.: One day, Cosby gets justice he deserves. The next day I read about this man, Sheldon Silver, getting another pass from a federal judge. This has been going on for years. Enough. Carol Hoousendove
Wellfleet, Mass.: Bill Cosby/Dr. Huxtable/Mr. Hyde received his just deserts for being convicted of sexual assault. “America’s Dad” was apparently all an act. Three to 10 years in prison — talk about an egregious fall from grace. Proof that no one is above the law. Mike Rice
Bronx: It seems there are a lot of white people who have a problem with Colin Kaepernick’s protest. It’s said he’s disrespecting the national anthem, the flag, the military, veterans, police, etc. In case one is unaware, his protest is about social injustice. In case one simply doesn’t care what his angle is, then one should just admit to being racist and say as much; don’t make up stuff about him. On that note, I’m running a survey on that very subject. The question is this: How many white people would like to be treated the same way blacks are treated? Answer truthfully. If one doesn’t want to be treated the same as blacks, it’s because one is well aware that blacks aren’t treated the same as white people are. That’s what Kaepernick’s protest is about. Jonathan Solomon
Manhattan: In last Sunday’s Giants game, a simple act told me all I need to know about what kind of person Saquon Barkley is. As he headed back to the huddle, he reached out and adjusted the jersey of a Texans player’s uniform, tucking back in his shoulder pad and patting him on the back! No “look at me” chest-pounding gestures, no gross acts of self-indulgence. Of course, nothing was said by the announcers. It shows you there are still some good people left that are playing the game today. Kudos to him! Jay Savino
Brooklyn: Thank you, Daily News, for reinforcing my opinion of your newspaper of late: All it’s good for is to line my cat’s litter box beneath her litter. I will be sure to ask her to avert her eyes to that disgusting cartoon you felt appropriate to include in your Sunday paper. For shame! How low can you go? Louisa LaTorre
Reality worse than art
Delray Beach, Fla.: To all the Voicers complaining about Bramhall’s Sept. 23 Bramhall’s World cartoon, I wonder if they were just as outraged by Trump’s “Access Hollywood” comment he made to Billy Bush. A pornographic comment made by a future President of the United States is far worse than a distasteful political cartoon. Barry Rudd
Astoria: Keep in mind that had Barack Obama been allowed by the Republicans to nominate Merrick Garland, as he should have by all rights been allowed to do, none of this would be happening; we would be seeing Neil Gorsuch being nominated as Trump’s first pick for the Court, and the circus going on right now would not be occurring. The GOP is reaping what they have sown. Rob Donner
Garland gunned down
Deer Park, L.I.: To Voicer Michael Domis. Yes, Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland was sandbagged by Republicans and for good reason. He was anti-gun. Larry Nekola