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It’s one thing to hear a number and try to conceptualize it in your head, but it’s another to see that number represented with actual people. New York magazine showed us this with their July- August cover.

It features 35 of the 49 women who accused Bill Cosby of either drugging or raping them over the past four decades.

New York interviewed these women, collecting each of their stories in video, text and audio format.

In an essay accompanying the interviews, Noreen Malone explained how Bill Cosby and his accusers have illuminated the issues centered around rape culture.

The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study—both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period. […] The first assumption was that women who accused famous men were after money or attention. As Cosby allegedly told some of his victims: No one would believe you. So why speak up?

You can read and listen to some of the stories on the following pages.

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