“Rape has a foul way of defying adjudication: it is a crime that generally occurs without witnesses, and it traumatizes the victim in a way that can affect memory and lead to behavior that a jury might find questionable. (The more you personally know about rape and its consequences, the more likely it is that you will be kept from serving on a jury in a rape trial—another systematic cruelty of this crime.)” The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino on the dispiriting but unsurprising failure to convict Bill Cosby.

+ A look back at NY Mag’s remarkable piece: I’m No Longer Afraid: 35 Women Tell their stories about being assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the culture that wouldn’t listen.