Group Demands President Obama Revoke Bill Cosby Medal

TIME

A sexual violence awareness group is demanding that the White House revoke Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, in light of the sexual assault allegations against him.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest award bestowed on civilians for their contributions to society,” states a petition started by the group Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment (PAVE), which had received several hundred signatures as of Wednesday evening. “Bill Cosby does not deserve to be on the list of distinguished recipients.”

Cosby received the medal in 2002 from President George W. Bush.

Revoking the medal would be unprecedented, according to the White House, but PAVE’s founder, Angela Rose, believes it’s necessary in this case.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor to any American civilian, and Bill Cosby’s name does not belong on it,” Rose told TIME.

The Chicago-based group takes issue with the fact that “Cosby admitted…

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