One of the most disturbing things about all of these Bill Cosby rape accusations is that they are not new. The incidents happened decades ago, and they have been reported on many times since. Why do we care now? Did our love affair with pudding pops and Coogi sweaters run so deep? Or has America decided to ease up on its shameful habit of blaming the victim instead of punishing the perpetrator? (We're looking at you, Don Lemon.)
Whatever the case may be, these allegations did not fall from the sky. Here are just a few examples of how we decided to ignore them for almost ten years.
Lauretta Charlton is an Associate Editor at Complex. She tweets at @laurettaland.