Referring to sexual assault allegations against comedian Bill Cosby, President Obama says ''if you give a woman, or man for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with that person without consent -- that's rape.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama says there is no precedent for revoking a medal (referring to Bill Cosby's Medal of Freedom), but rape should not be tolerated in any civilized country. "If you give a woman, or man for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with that person without consent -- that's rape. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape," the president said during a news conference at the White House on Wednesday (July 15). Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded in 2002, has been questioned. A national non-profit on sexual assault prevention, PAVE, had gathered thousands of signatures in a petition asking the White House to revoke the medal. Some 100,000 signatures are needed before the White House will review such petitions. The career of the once beloved comedian from TV's "The Cosby Show" is in tatters after more than 40 women came forward in the past year to accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them in incidents dating back decades.