The Oberlin Review

Statute of Limitations Harms Victims, Should Be Repealed

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

December 6, 2019

 Democrats in the Ohio General Assembly have recently introduced a bill to the state legislature that would abolish the statute of limitations for sex crimes in the state. This same bill would also eliminate exemptions for sex crimes including spousal rape and sexual battery.  The introduction of the bill comes in response to Governor Mike Dewine’s comments following the exposure of previous sex crimes committed at The Ohio State University. Richard Strauss, a former athletic trainer at OSU, was found to have committed at least 177 separate cases of sexual abuse during his time at the university between 1979 and 1996. Strauss committed suicide in 2005.  Despite the number and severity of these cases, it is...

Cosby Cases Represent Problems With Justice System

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

April 27, 2018

Editor’s Note: This article contains discussion of sexual assault. Allegations against Bill Cosby first emerged in 2005 after Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against him. Thirteen years later, on April 26, 2018, Bill Cosby was convicted of sexual assault. The time gap between these events is simply unacceptable. Since the first report, there are now over 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, including accusations of drugging, raping, and offering to pay women for sex acts. This misconduct allegedly began in the 1960s and has continued into the present. Yesterday, Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated, indecent assault against Andrea Constand that occured 14 years ago — one of the only c...

Bill Cosby talks about his early interest in jazz music at Finney Chapel on April 30, 2010, as part of the Conservatory’s celebration weekend for the opening of the Kohl Building. Cosby received an honorary degree from Oberlin that weekend, but many students are calling for its retraction in light of the rape allegations against him.

Board Declines Request to Revoke Cosby’s Degree

November 13, 2015

Since the controversy over Bill Cosby’s alleged rape of dozens of women began, nine schools have rescinded Cosby’s honorary degrees. Oberlin is not one of them. Instead, the College is one of many schools in the process of reviewing official policy on honorary degrees. Oberlin College gave Bill Cosby an honorary degree in 2010, one of the comedian’s nearly 60 such honors. In a recently-opened 2005 court deposition, Bill Cosby admitted to giving women Quaalude, a sedative drug, in orde...

Administration’s Silence on Cosby Suggests Apathy

Editorial Board

October 30, 2015

Bill Cosby still holds an honorary degree of humanities from Oberlin College, bestowed on him and his wife Camille at the grand opening of the Kohl Jazz Building in April 2010. Since 2000, Cosby has been accused of raping, assaulting or drugging a total of 57 women. In light of the allegations which surfaced this past year, some colleges — Fordham University and Brown University, to name a few — have rescinded Cosby’s honorary degrees. A recent Vulture article questioned why the remaining approximately 40 colleges — of which Oberlin is one — have not revoked his honorary degrees. An Oberlin spokesperson is quoted in the article as saying: “The matter is under consideration.” Revoking Cosby’s degree would seem...

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