Professor available to discuss controversy surrounding Bill Cosby

Hillary Haldane

Hillary Haldane, associate professor of anthropology and an editor and contributor to the new book, "Applying Anthropology to Gender-Based Violence: Global Responses, Local Practice," is available to discuss the controversy surrounding Bill Cosby.  

"Bill Cosby's alleged pattern of sexual predation has come as a shock to many," Haldane said. "He served for many Americans over the years as the avuncular character on 'Fat Albert' and 'The Cosby Kids,' and was our patriarch during the reign of 'The Cosby Show.' But his alleged behavior is in fact far more common than most American want to accept. Calling Bill Cosby a 'rapist' may be helpful to some as they process what they've recently learned about a man they thought they knew via television, but he is more usefully thought of as the public face of a widespread problem in our culture. Sexual assault happens to 1 in 5 women in their lifetime, and 1 in 33 men. While there are elements to the Cosby case that are unique to his particular pattern of abuse (his drug of choice, the cultural capital he possessed), we cannot wish this behavior away as an individual pathology. His predation is a barometer of the level of violence against women in our culture." 

If you're interested in speaking to Haldane, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359.

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