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Obama Says He Can't Revoke Cosby's Medal of Freedom, but Drugging Women for Sex Is Rape

"If you give a woman—or a man, for that matter—without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape."

by River Donaghey
Jul 15 2015, 6:56pm

The US Navy already found a "mechanism" to revoke Cosby's status as honorary chief petty officer.

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President Obama said Wednesday that there is "no precedent" or "mechanism" to revoke Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom in light of allegations of sexual assault by dozens of women.

Cosby was honored with the Medal of Freedom—America's highest civilian honor by George W. Bush in 2002, but the recent scandal has rallied some Democratic members of Congress to call for the medal to be rescinded. The group Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment has also launched an online petition asking the administration to revoke the award.

But while Obama said the White House has no way to strip Cosby of the Presidential Medal, it sure sounded like he wants to.

"I will say this," Obama told reporters, "if you give a woman—or a man, for that matter—without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape."

He would not comment directly on the continuing legal action against Cosby.