Eight of Bill Cosby's sexual assault accusers expressed their shock and disappointment in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to overturn the comedian's conviction.
NBC senior national correspondent Kate Snow followed up with seven of the 27 women she spoke with in 2015 about Cosby's alleged misconduct. Two of the women testified against Cosby in court and shared the other accusers' anger in the legal system.
"I'm angry at the legal system," said Victoria Valentino. "We put our necks on the line and then the legal system yanked the rug out from under us."
"I'm feeling frustrated and upset because I feel like a bully has been let go," added Marcella Tate.
Kathy McKee and Linda Kirkpatrick added that they were "sickened" and "disgusted" by Cosby's release. Janice Baker-Kinney pointed out that Cosby was release was due to a due process issue and not because he was innocent.
"He was not proclaimed innocent," Baker-Kinney said. "They didn't say he wasn't guilty. He'll never be innocent. And I think those of us in our sisterhood need to hold on to that."
While some of the women believed the overturned conviction would prevent more victims from coming forward, Lise-Lotte Lublin stated she would do it all over again.
"I would go back and do it again," Lublin said. "This man has spent two years and nine months in jail, this man has lost his entire reputation. He's lost every bit of credibility that he's ever had."
The women also rejected Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt's claim about the role race played in Cosby's conviction.
"This is not about race, it's about rape," said Lili Bernard. "The only place that race plays into this is the fact that Bill Cosby was disproportionately targeting Black women."
About 60 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of rape, sexual assault, and sexual misconduct. During Thursday's interview, the eight accusers declared their intent to fight for change in the legal system, particularly changes to the statute of limitations on sexual assault.
"There's a fire inside of me," Lublin said. "That just made me want to go out and make change even more than I did in 2015. This has lit me up in the sense that I need to do something, I need to do more."
Source: USA Today