Woman Abuse Working Group Speaks Out Against Bill Cosby’s Hamilton Visit


The Woman Abuse Working Group (WAWG) calls on the community to speak out against Bill Cosby’s upcoming performance in Hamilton on January 9 at Hamilton Place.

WAWG is deeply concerned that Mr. Cosby’s performance is proceeding in our community, despite the numerous, public allegations of sexual violence from over 20 women (to date).

We question the support of alleged rapists and are especially concerned about the message this sends to survivors of abuse and violence – that celebrity and
entertainment are more important than taking a strong stand on violence against women.

We have contacted Global Spectrum and have been told that for contractual issues they cannot cancel the date. While we understand this, it appears that other communities have been able to cancel performances (e.g. Las Vegas, New York, Iowa, Arizona, South Carolina, and Illinois).

We therefore ask the public to contact Global Spectrum at (905) 546 3050 and/or email Scott Warren, General Manager for Hamilton at swarren@Globalspectrum.
com and Frank Russo, Senior Vice President of Business
Development for Global Spectrum, at frusso@global-spectrum.com. Let them know that you believe that the well being of everyone of our community is more
important than a contract – ask them to cancel the show.

If the event is not cancelled, WAWG will proceed to organize a peaceful gathering outside the venue on January 9. We would like to emphasize that at
the gathering we will not tolerate any behavior that is oppressive, rather we hope this is an opportunity for everyone to support all victims of violence.

WAWG is a coalition of over 20 community agencies in Hamilton, working to eradicate violence against women and their children.

For media inquiries or interview requests please contact:
Lenore Lukasik-Foss
Member of the Action Committee
Director at SACHA – Hamilton’s Sexual Assault Centre
905 525 4573

Nicky Bomberry
Chair of the Action Committee of WAWG
Aboriginal Healing and Wellness
Coordinator for the Hamilton Regional
Indian Centre
905 548 9593
For any other questions or concerns, please visit us at our website -wawg.ca – and contact us via the online form.


2 thoughts on “Woman Abuse Working Group Speaks Out Against Bill Cosby’s Hamilton Visit

  1. Martin Dooley (First Unitarian Church of Hamilton and McMaster University)

    What time are people gathering Friday night and where? People going to see Cosby often ask “why did these women not press charges?” Good educational opportunity. Is anyone bringing a pamphlet or one-page handout with answers to this question to hand to people coming into the concert? Would make for good reading while they wait for the show to start.
    Many thanks. See you there.

    • The Woman Abuse Working Group is encouraging folks to arrive at 7pm at the corner of Main Street and Summers Lane on Friday. More details about the gathering here – https://blog.sacha.ca/2015/01/06/we-believe-survivors-peaceful-gathering-january-9th/.

      WAWG is also putting together a handout to give to folks who are curious about why we are there.

      Most perpetrators of sexual violence are never charged with sexual assault. Only 1-7% of survivors ever report to the police. “Why didn’t you go to the police” is asked all the time.

      Beverly Johnson talks about why she didn’t report after her assault:

      “At a certain moment it became clear that I would be fighting a losing battle with a powerful man so callous he not only drugged me, but he also gave me the number to the bedroom he shared with his wife. How could I fight someone that boldly arrogant and out of touch? In the end, just like the other women, I had too much to lose to go after Bill Cosby. I had a career that would no doubt take a huge hit if I went public with my story and I certainly couldn’t afford that after my costly divorce and on going court fees.” http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2014/12/bill-cosby-beverly-johnson-story?mbid=social_retweet

      The hashtag #beenrapedneverreported has many survivors sharing the reasons that they didn’t report – https://twitter.com/search?q=%23beenrapedneverreported&src=typd

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