Casandra Ventura settles abuse case against Diddy in a record 24 hours
On the 16th of November 2023, Casandra Ventura, best known to the public as Cassie, filed a lawsuit against Sean Combs, best known as the rapper Diddy, for years of sexual abuse and harassment. The nature of the allegations were so vile that the filing itself contained a trigger warning stating: ‘This document contains highly graphic information of a sexual nature, including sexual assault.’
Whilst initially denying the allegations through his lawyer, on the 17th of November 2023, Diddy announced in a statement that he had agreed to resolve this through a settlement of an undisclosed amount. He stated, “I have decided to resolve this matter amicably on terms that I have some level of control over.”
Cassie decided to go public with the abuse she had suffered for years due to the limitation impact of the New York Survivors Act which extends the original length of time adult survivors of sexual abuse have to bring claims against their perpetrators.
One of the unfortunate discussions surrounding the issue has been focused on why Cassie didn’t come forward earlier and as a result some people have found it difficult to believe her accusations.
However, research has shown time and time again that there are a variety of reasons why victims of abuse, in particular female victims of abuse, don’t come forward when the abuse first starts. Fear, lack of access to resources and failure of police to investigate and take the abuse seriously are just a few of the reasons why women don’t come forward. When women do come forward, even with evidence, they are seen as liars. So, it is difficult to ascertain why this discussion continues to happen every time a woman speaks up about abuse. Instead, we should approach victims with empathy and respect, knowing they are likely risking everything by bravely speaking up against their abusers.
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