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Bill Cosby's alleged victims share their stories

A total of 35 women have told the New York Magazine how they were sexually assaulted allegedly by Bill Cosby.

Louisa Moritz claims she was sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby in 1971. Picture: New York Magazine

CAPE TOWN - Usually victims of sexual assault do not want to reveal their identities because of the fear of the stigma associated with it.

Some women and men choose to suffer in silence because they do not want to be labelled as attention seekers or being told they were asking for it.

It most cases the victim remains anonymous. But this is no longer the case for the 35 women who have accused American comedian and actor Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

The New York Magazine has given the victims a platform to share their stories, decades after the first rape allegations against Cosby surfaced.

The hard hitting cover consists of 35 women, all sitting in rows and there's an empty chair which symbolises those who haven't yet found the courage to come forward.

35 women speak about being assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the culture that wouldn't listen: http://t.co/H5dss5F2F4 pic.twitter.com/RCF0BWBrxA

These women are taking back their power by telling their stories while showing their faces.

They won't hide anymore. They have bravely chosen to tell their stories openly. It took them years to reach this point, but they're now ready to tell the world what happened to them.

Beverly Johnson, one of 35 women interviewed, on allegedly being assaulted by Bill Cosby: http://t.co/T3DGgjNWI4 pic.twitter.com/ABg3ilTShS

They know that they will face scrutiny and judgment. But they're telling their stories anyway.

Every woman recounts how she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Cosby decades ago.

They were interviewed individually, but all their stories are similar. They allege they were drugged by this man that they looked up to.

Chelan Lasha, one of 35 women interviewed, on allegedly being assaulted by Bill Cosby: http://t.co/FxaIazttXX pic.twitter.com/qbPbV9WyZM

With some it happened more than once.

Recently it was revealed that in 2005 the 78-year-old comedian admitted in court papers to acquiring Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with.

He went on to give them the drug, but his lawyers insisted that two of the accusers knew they were taking Quaaludes.

Cosby has never been charged with a crime.

Meanwhile, some people have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the_ New York Magazine_ cover.

35 women who waited decades to be heard: http://t.co/XzDey0CnIy

The women that have come forward saying Bill Cosby, once TV's most beloved dad, drugged and rapped them 😮 pic.twitter.com/Qzed7uUNKT

35 women of the 46 who have publicly come forward against Bill Cosby on New York Magazine Cover! Powerful Journalism! pic.twitter.com/yQaUEswsix

Let's be clear... Mr Bill Cosby and Dr Cliff Huxtable are 2 different people. I'm not letting this scandal mess with my childhood memories

Phenomenal @NYMag cover:

35 women speak about being assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the culture that wouldn't listen pic.twitter.com/jxiLkO0ZJH

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Bill Cosby is a rapist.