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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

            Yes, I was once a fan of his; even paid to see him perform in Las Vegas decades ago.  Now, he sits just down the road in the State Correctional Institute at Phoenix.  Just a short drive from Pennsburg to Graterford, instead of a flight from Pennsylvania to Nevada.

            William Henry Cosby, Jr., once referred to as America's dad, was sentenced to 3-10 years in a state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.  But, there were scores of women who came forward since he was arrested in 2015 and accused the now disgraced comedian of similar offenses.

            Instead of his mansion in Cheltenham, he is in a 9 x 12 foot cell, inside the brand new 3,830-bed, maximum-security prison.  A facility just opened this past July.

            He is alone, in a single cell, in a unit adjacent to the prison's medical center. 

            For now, he is inmate number NN7687.

            Breakfast is at 7 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m., and dinner at 5 p.m.

            The new prison has a non-denominational chapel, more than 30 classrooms for vocational and educational training, a barber shop, a law and a recreational library, a mural arts program and a gym.

            The former Pudding Pops and Jello spokesman can take classes in custodial maintenance, carpentry, restaurant services and warehouse operations.  He can also attend sex-offender treatment – make that must, since the judge has ordered him to do so.

            The 81-year-old Cosby will be in Graterford, Pa. until the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections decides where he should serve out his sentence.  Perhaps at SCI Laurel Highlands in Somerset, Pa., a facility set up for prisoners with medical issues.

            Quite a fall for the once popular and respected Philadelphian. 

            If you never commit abusive acts, you won't have to worry about a past that could return to destroy you. 

            October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  It's a time when communities across the nation join together to recognize the prevalence of domestic violence and honor those who have been affected by violence with vigils, walks, and other awareness-raising activities.

            It's is a community issue that's in our homes, schools, hospitals, places of worship, and our workplaces.

            We must remember lives lost as a result of domestic violence and acknowledge the injustices faced by victims of domestic abuse.  We must promise to champion the need for societal change and recognize the individuals and organizations that work diligently in partnership with survivors to end abuse and violence.

            Watch for Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities throughout your community and get involved. 

            If you're a victim, there is help.  If you suspect that you know a victim, find out how to help.





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