There's a new movement and it's growing quickly: a drive to revoke thePresidential Medal of Freedom Bill Cosby was awarded more than a decade ago.
Outrage over Cosby's confession in secret court documents that he had obtained quaaludes -- seven prescriptions in all -- so he could have sex with women is the impetus for the movement.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is one of the biggest-named politicians to back a petition by PAVE (Promoting Awareness/Victim Empowerment) to go after The Cos' medal, which President George W. Bush gave him in 2002. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is also on board.
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"Kirsten has always advocated for listening to survivors' voices. This 10-year-old admission is appalling, but sadly not surprising considering that dozens of women have been speaking out," her spokeperson said.
"She supports this group's effort because we need to set a clear example that sexual assault will not be tolerated in this country, and someone who admitted to using drugs for sex no longer deserves the nation's highest honor."
Here is the full text of the petition:
“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest award bestowed on civilians for their contributions to society. Bill Cosby does not deserve to be on the list of distinguished recipients.
“PAVE: Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment, a national nonprofit dedicated to sexual assault prevention and victim empowerment, is rallying supporters to remedy this injustice.
“Cosby admitted to procuring drugs to have sex with women without their consent. He has been accused of serial rape by dozens of others.
“We cannot yet give his accusers their day in court, but we can fight back in the court of public opinion.
“We urge the administration to take the unprecedented action of revoking this award.