“The semblance of justice these women had in knowing Cosby was convicted has been completely erased,” CEO and president Tina Tchen says

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Time’s Up says that Bill Cosby’s release from prison is a “travesty and an injustice” to the survivors who accused the comedian of sexual assault, adding that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to overturn his conviction caused “emotional trauma” to many women.

“The semblance of justice these women had in knowing Cosby was convicted has been completely erased with his release today,” president, founder and CEO of Time’s Up Tina Tchen said in a statement. “But let’s be clear, even the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision did not challenge the finding of the jury that Bill Cosby committed sexual assault.”

Cosby is set to be released from prison after Pennsylvania’s highest court on Wednesday overturned his conviction stemming from a 2018 felony sexual assault charge. The 83-year-old comedian has served three years of a three to 10-year prison sentence. In overturning the conviction the state Supreme Court ruled that Cosby cannot be retried on the same charges.

See the full statement from Tchen below:

“Today’s devastating decision to overturn the conviction of a man who caused so much harm, pain, and emotional trauma to so many women is a travesty and an injustice. It reminds us again of the struggle that the survivors of his predatory behavior and actions have endured to make their voice’s heard. The semblance of justice these women had in knowing Cosby was convicted has been completely erased with his release today. But let’s be clear, even the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision did not challenge the finding of the jury that Bill Cosby committed sexual assault. To the survivors in this case, each of you came forward with great courage against a powerful man at great personal risk. We were standing with you then and we’re here standing next to you now. We are holding you up in this deeply painful moment. We will continue to fight for and with you, and hope this decision won’t discourage you or others from continuing in the fight to end sexual violence. Your bravery and resolve will not be in vain. TIME’S UP will continue to help survivors in their pursuit of accountability and justice, while advocating for the changes in culture and policy that are essential to creating the safe and equitable workplaces we all deserve. The fight to fix the broken system continues. Your voices matter.”

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