The moment : standing up to Bill Cosby, speaking up for women

by Constand, Andrea, 1973-

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An inspiring story of resilience and bravery by the woman who became the linchpin of the case to bring Bill Cosby to justice. Andrea Constand did the right thing, not just for herself, but for more than sixty other women.

When Bill Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault in 2018, the verdict sent shock waves around the globe. Some were outraged that a beloved icon of family values, the man dubbed "America's dad," had been accused, let alone convicted. Others were stunned because they had waited so long to see justice; in accusations going back decades, more than sixty women recounted how they'd been drugged, raped, and assaulted at Cosby's hands. Andrea Constand is just one of these women, but her case could still be criminally prosecuted.

Constand's legal marathon required her to endure an excruciating civil suit, and two harrowing criminal trials. It was her deep sense of personal and social responsibility, fostered by her close-knit immigrant family and values earned through team sports, that gave her the courage to testify at the criminal trial--something she agreed to do not for herself, but for the more than sixty other women whose stories would never be told in court. Ultimately, Constand's testimony brought a powerful man to account. Cosby spent nearly three years in prison before his conviction was overturned on a procedural technicality in June 2021.

In The Moment , Constand opens up about the emotional and spiritual work she did to recover from the assault and the psychological regimen she developed to strengthen herself. She also gained a new understanding of the resiliency of human spirit, and the affirming knowledge that stepping up and doing the right thing, even when the outcome is uncertain, is the surest path to true healing. From the woman who has been called "the true hero of #MeToo," The Moment is a memoir about the moment a life changes, as hers did when she was assaulted; about the moment, nearly a decade later, when she stood up for victims without a voice and put herself through an arduous criminal trial; and about the cultural moment, signified by the #MeToo movement, that made justice and accountability possible.

A portion of the author's proceeds of The Moment will go to the Hope, Healing and Transformation foundation.
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this searing debut, Constand recounts how she found the strength to testify in court that Bill Cosby had sexually assaulted her in 2004 while she was working for the Temple University women's basketball team. After a year of "crushing shame and confusion" following the crime, Constand went to the police, only to be told that her legal case was weak. Instead, she pursued and won a civil case. But "it wasn't money I was after," she writes, "I wanted justice." Still, nothing could fully prepare Constand for 2017's criminal trial, which consumes the latter part of the memoir, as Cosby's defense interrogated every part of her life (even a sales email she forwarded to friends became proof that she was a "longtime grifter"). Though the case ended in a resounding victory--buoyed by the #MeToo movement--it's difficult not to see Cosby's 2021 release as a shadow cast over his victims' triumph. Constand, however, looks at it another way: as a driver to "speak up again... until we arrive at a real moment of change." While her prose favors summation over scenes, the depth of Constand's wounds and the purposeful nature of her resilience shine through as road map for others. The hope here is astounding. Agent: Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists. (Sept.)"
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Subjects Constand, Andrea, -- 1973-
Constand, Andrea, -- 1973- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Cosby, Bill, -- 1937- -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Cosby, Bill, -- 1937-
Sexual abuse victims -- Canada -- Biography.
Rape victims -- Canada -- Biography.
Sex crimes -- United States.
Trials (Sex crimes) -- United States.
Sexual harassment of women.
MeToo movement.
Rape victims.
Sex crimes.
Sexual abuse victims.
Trials (Sex crimes)
United States.
Trials, litigation, etc.
Publisher [Toronto] :2021
Language English
Description xv, 240 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-237).
ISBN 9780735240476
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