"Barbara Bowman first publicly accused Bill Cosby of rape in 2004. But people didn't start believing her until now, when a male comedian called Cosby a rapist last month.
Bowman's story puts a personal face on the myriad reasons women are often hesitant to come forward with rape allegations. They often face disbelief, harrassment, or accusations of wrongdoing themselves. And a woman's chances of winning a conviction in a rape case are extremely low compared to other crimes.
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