On Sunday night, New York Magazine published its latest issue with a cover story on 35 of the 46 women who had accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them over the past several decades.
The New York Magazine story written by Noreen Malone includes interviews from 35 of Bill Cosby's accusers. The women came forward over many years, but the number of alleged victims avalanched during the past year.
A deposition released to the public this past week for a 2005 case reveals that the comedian admitted to acquiring quaaludes in order to have sex with women.
The profile of the 35 alleged victims shows women who are of all different ages and had all sorts of careers — waitresses, journalists, Playboy Bunnies — but who have striking similarities in their stories to how Cosby preyed on them.
New York Magazine's cover included a stark black-and-white image of 35 women, who have accused Cosby of sexual assault and were willing to be photographed, in chairs alongside one seat that remained empty.
The response on social media to the cover image and story was filled with praise for the magazine's work.
The lone empty chair was said to represent the women who remain silent about their experiences of sexual assault.
In response to the powerful cover image, the hashtag #TheEmptyChair almost immediately started to spread online.
People used the hashtag to talk about their own stories of being the person in the empty chair and to encourage people who have been silenced to come forward.
It also continued the discussion of Cosby's betrayal and how rape culture has silenced women for so long.
The New York Daily News also released an issue for its Monday cover story on Cosby that called him "America's rapist" and left many people on social media in shock.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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