President Obama On Bill Cosby: There’s No Precedent For Revoking A Medal

Posted: Jul 16 2015, 12:18am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 16 2015, 12:26am CDT, in News | Latest Celebrity News

 

President Obama on Bill Cosby: There’s No Precedent for Revoking a Medal
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Any civilized country should have no tolerance for rape, say president Obama

During a news conference in White House, Washington, on Wednesday, President Obama responded to the questions related to Bill Cosby’s sexual assault allegations.

Though, he declined to address the specific allegations against the comedian, saying “I tend to make it a policy not to comment on the specifics of the cases where there might still be, if not criminal, but civilian issues involved” but he did discuss the issue in general.

“If you give a woman - or a man, for that matter - without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape,” he said. “And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”

President Obama said he cannot revoke Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom since there is no history of taking the medal back once it has been given away. “There’s no precedent for revoking a medal,” he said. “We don’t have that mechanism.”

Ever since, a 2005 legal deposition has revealed that Bill Cosby admitted that he gave drugs to the women with whom he wanted to have sex, a sexual assault awareness group is calling on President Obama to revoke Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor which was handed over to 77-year old comedian in 2002 during George W. Bush’s presidency.

Angela Rose, who is director of the awareness group PAVE and is spearheading the petition, aiming to revoke Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom, said.

“The Medal of Freedom embodies our nation’s values, allowing Cosby to maintain this coveted symbol suggests that we as a society support coercive sexual behavior. Revoking the medal will send a powerful message to America’s youth about the critical importance of consent which is a freely given, enthusiastic, verbal and sober ‘Yes,’ not the absence of a ‘no.’”

The petition has more than 11,000 electronic signatures as far and White House has promised to a formal response if it gets 100,000 signatures until August 7.

Earlier, the White House spokesman Josh Earnest also suggested that he did not know whether evoking award is legally possible or not.

Source: NBC News

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