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ACTION ALERT: REVOKE COSBY’S PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM

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ACTION ALERT! Sign the White House petition to revoke Cosby’s Medal of Freedom – http://wh.gov/i9q8t

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! 

The presidential medal of freedom is the highest honor award to an American civilian. Bill Cosby’s name does not belong among this distinguished list. Cosby admitted to procuring drugs to have sex with women without their consent. We cannot yet give his accusers their day in court, but we can fight back in the court of public opinion.

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Assault Prevention Group Sends Video Appeal to Obama As Cosby Petition Gains Momentum

Two U.S. Senators, Victims Rights’ Advocates Join Thousands in Calling For Return of Cosby’s Medal of Freedom

Angela Rose, the executive director of the national nonprofit organization PAVE: Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment, today released a personal plea to President Obama to support efforts to rescind the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest honor, from comedian Bill Cosby.  The video was sent today to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

PAVE’s effort gained high-powered momentum over the weekend as U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand became the second U.S. Senator to call for the medal to be revoked.  Others expressing support include: U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, prominent victims rights supporter Marc Klaas, Cosby accuser Barbara Bowman, and more than 8,000 petitioners to the White House (and counting!). CLICK HERE for petition.

In her video appeal to the President — Ms. Rose – who today commemorates the 19th anniversary of her own abduction and assault – said the following:

“I have dedicated my entire adult life to preventing sexual violence and empowering survivors.  I applaud Senator Gillibrand and Senator McCaskill for their brave leadership in working to prevent sexual assault and promote consent in the military and on college campuses.

“This is a catalyst moment in our nation’s history to send a strong message to the youth of America that consent requires a verbal, enthusiastic, freely given and sober “yes”, not the absence of a “no.”

PAVE is also calling on other national groups to join the movement. Said Rose:  “Promoting our White House petition promotes the notion of consent and healthy communication in interpersonal relationships. We also need to cultivate communities of support for survivors, because sadly all too often abused women and men are met with blame, shame and additional traumatization when they speak out. And this needs to change.”

Rose applauded President Obama’s leadership and remains optimistic. ”President Obama and his administration have made great strides in the issue of sexual assault – and I am optimistic he will join our national consent movement by revoking Cosby’s Medal of Freedom.”

This week, PAVE will be releasing a free, downloadable guide to talk to your children about sexual assault available at ShatteringTheSilence.org.”

* * MEDIA ADVISORY – July 9 * * 
Victims Group Responds to White House on Cosby: “Symbols Matter”
Leading Cosby Accuser, Prominent U.S. Senator Join Effort to Revoke Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom
WASHINGTON D.C. – PAVE: Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment, which is leading the fight to revoke Bill Cosby’s presidential Medal of Freedom, today urged President Obama to publicly demonstrate his long support for sexual assault victims by publicly taking a position on the group’s effort.  Asked by reporters about the growing controversy on Wednesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said “he didn’t know if it was legally possible to do so.”  Earnest also declined to comment on whether the President believes the reward should be revoked.In response, PAVE outlined three steps the President could take immediately to demonstrate support for Cosby’s accusers.“For many years, President Obama has been a courageous leader in efforts to help victims of sexual abuse and prevent sexual violence on campus and in the military,” said Angela Rose, PAVE’s executive director.  “Bill Cosby has admitted to obtaining drugs to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex.  That’s why it is vital the President take this opportunity to send a message about the critical importance of consent.”On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO, among others, expressed support for the group’s effort.  Barbara Bowman, one of the first women to publicly accuse Bill Cosby of rape, also joined the call. “Symbols matter,” Bowman said. “Bill Cosby is not entitled to the nation’s highest honor.  Mr. President, we know you are on our side in this fight.  Please show it.” 

PAVE outlined three options for President Obama to examine in regard to the medal: 

  1. Executive Order – The President could issue an order that the 2002 Medal of Freedom bestowed on Bill Cosby is hereby rescinded.
  2. Personal Statement – The President could express his opinion that the award should be rescinded.
  3. Request to Cosby – The President could ask Mr. Cosby to return the medal.

Bowman also urged former President George W. Bush, who bestowed the award on the comedian in 2002, to make a statement of support for Cosby’s victims as well.

PAVE’s petition to the White House can be found here:  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/revoke-presidential-medal-freedom-bill-cosby

Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is a multi-chapter national 501c3 nonprofit organization that uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual violence through targeted social, educational and legislative tactics.

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For more media inquiries, please contact Vanessa Oblinger at vanessa@javelindc.com or (202) 997-1289.

* * MEDIA ADVISORY – July 8 * *
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION GROUP TO OBAMA: REVOKE BILL COSBY’S PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM
Group Says Accused Serial Rapist Not Entitled to Nation’s Highest Award
WASHINGTON D.C. –  PAVE: Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment, a national nonprofit dedicated to sexual assault prevention and survivor empowerment, today called on President Obama to take immediate steps to revoke Bill Cosby’s presidential Medal of Freedom – and announced that the group has initiated a petition on Whitehouse.gov to encourage the administration to take action. LINK here: http://wh.gov/i9q8t

Angela Rose, executive director of the group, said that she is working with Cosby accusers, led by PAVE ambassador Barbara Bowman, to support the effort.

“The presidential medal of freedom is the highest honor award to an American civilian,” said Rose.  “The list of those receiving this honor include Mother Teresa, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Meryl Streep.  Bill Cosby’s name does not belong among this distinguished list.

“Cosby admitted to procuring drugs to have sex with women without their consent.  He has been accused of serial rape by dozens of others.  We cannot yet give his accusers their day in court, but we can fight back in the court of public opinion.

“This award was given to Mr. Cosby under false pretenses.  The White House was clearly not aware that Cosby would be accused of multiple counts of sexual violence.

“As such, we urge President Obama to take the unprecedented action of revoking this award and that Bill Cosby’s name be expunged from any official lists of recipients.”  

The award was conferred on the comedian in 2002 by Mr. Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush.  Just this week, Disney announced its removal of a Bill Cosby statue from Walt Disney World.  In December, the U.S. Navy stripped Cosby of his honorary title of Chief Petty Officer.  

 Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment (PAVE) is a multi-chapter national 501c3 nonprofit that works to prevent sexual assault and heal survivors through social advocacy, education, and victim support.  www.ShatteringTheSilence.org

 

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For more information or to schedule an interview with Barbara Bowman or Angela Rose, please contact Vanessa at vanessa@javelindc.com or(202) 997-1289.

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