Untamed author and We Can Do Hard Things podcast host Glennon Doyle has a message for rape survivors following the decision by Pennsylvania’s highest court to release Bill Cosby from prison.
To recap, Cosby, who served more than two years of a three-to-ten year sentence for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand, is now a free man but it’s not because the courts deemed him innocent. No, no, no, no.
It’s because of a previous deal he struck with a prosecutor which would have prevented him from being criminally charged in the case.
Many celebrities have been reacting to this shocking news in the Twitterverse and while a handful are supporting him, plenty are expressing their disbelief, disgust and rage.
But it is Glennon Doyle’s words that I want to share with you here. Words of support, strength and love.
Because in a world where 736 million women, or 1 in 3 of us, have been subjected to intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence, and in a world where speaking up about it or taking action against the perpetrator or even the basic act of being believed remains largely impossible, today’s news about Cosby is especially heavy and Glennon’s words may just be exactly what someone out there needs to hear.
“I stand with the warriors who were traumatised by Cosby and today are being traumatised by his mind-boggling, heartbreaking, rage-inducing release. I stand with the women,” she shares with her 1.7 million Insta followers.
Glennon’s referring to the more than 50 women who came forward to accuse Cosby. More. Than. 50. Women.
— Glennon Doyle (@GlennonDoyle) June 30, 2021
But she also has a message for anyone who has ever been impacted by rape:
“And I stand with you – with every warrior who got the wind knocked out of them when they read this news,” she captions her message.
“Breathe deep. You are not alone. Not in your pain, not in your fear, not in your rage, not in your resolve.”
And these are the words we all need to remember.
We are never alone.
Not in our pain, our fear, our rage or resolve.
Glennon ends by saying, “I love you. I believe you. I will fight for safety and justice with and for you till the day I die. In Love, Fury and Relentless Hope, G.”
If you or anyone you know needs support, please reach out to 1800 RESPECT in Australia or your local helpline for our international readers. Because, as Glennon so powerfully says, you are not alone.
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