Jeff Herman Assesses Cosby And #MeToo

Jeff Herman is a nationally recognized plaintiff’s attorney that specializes in protecting victims of sexual assault.

In a recent interview, he discusses the Criminal Trials Against Celebrity Bill Cosby in which the 80-year-old comedian was convicted of several counts of felony sexual assault. Jeff Herman’s tools are not criminal prosecutions; rather, in his own words, he uses civil litigation to uphold the rights of the victim against the wrongdoer and those responsible for his or her wrongful acts. Mr. Herman brings “…lawsuits alleging negligence, against the institutions that employ sexual perpetrators that had a duty to protect their clients from these dangerous members of the community.”

He founded Herman Law and made its watchword “VOICE FOR VICTIMS.” For over a decade, Herman has made national headlines exposing sexual predators and the institutions that protect them.

 

– Bil Cosby Tried Twice

Bill Cosby was a famous, successful entertainer and one of the elite members of the entertainment business. He was rich, powerful, and commonly viewed as a role model and moral authority. His fall was deep and in the end, served notice of fundamental changes in societal attitudes towards victims of sexual assault. While more than 60 women accused him of various types of sexual misconduct, many of the cases were not brought before barred by a statute of limitations. Attorney Jeff Herman observed that these alleged acts occurred in an age in which powerful men frequently used denial and public shaming to blame their victims.

Cosby’s first trial ended in a mistrial and prosecutors brought the case again. Cosby assembled an elite team of legal experts for his defense, and the themes involved suggestions of blaming the victims. The defense focused on the victims as greedy persons, intent on getting settlements, and whose delays in bringing their criminal cases suggested other motives.

 

– The Society has Changed

Jeff Herman notes that at the time of the second trial the #MeToo movement had matured and gained widespread acceptance. In this and other criminal cases, juries seemed more amenable to the truth of the victim’s claims and understood that many of the victim behaviors assigned as blameworthy were not. This includes post-traumatic stress and the unwillingness to bring charges immediately after the alleged assaults.

 

– Waking Up to Sexual Abuse

Jeff Herman believes that the trial and conviction of Bill Cosby is a sign that the nation is slowly awakening to the impact, severity, and widespread nature of sexual misconduct and sexual assault. This is particularly true of cases in which powerful individuals abuse their business or social positions to prey upon their victims. See This Article for related information about Herman’s successes.

Source: * Jeff Herman, Esq. writes about Comedy and Tragedy: The Downfall of Bill Cosby, America’s Dad

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