A national sexual assault prevention group is demanding that President Obama revoke Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Promoting Awareness--Victim Empowerment, has initiated a petition on Whitehouse.gov to push the administration to take action against the comic who in July 2002 was presented the prestigious award by former President George W. Bush.

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"The presidential medal of freedom is the highest honor award to an American civilian," said Angela Rose, executive director of the group. "The list of those receiving this honor include America's finest citizens – from Mother Teresa to Eunice Kennedy Shriver to Meryl Streep. Bill Cosby's name does not belong among this distinguished list."

In newly released court documents, Cosby said he used a drug to have sex with women, reopening a case against him from several former female associates.

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"Cosby admitted to procuring drugs to have sex with women without their consent. He has been accused of serial rape by dozens of others. We cannot yet give his accusers their day in court, but we can fight back in the court of public opinion," said Rose.

"As such, we urge President Obama to take the unprecedented action of revoking this award and that Bill Cosby's name be expunged from any official lists of recipients."



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This is the first time that Cosby's presidential medal has been targeted. However, there is no formal protocol for revoking a recipient's medal.

But it's not the first time a Cosby award has been hit due to the accusations. The group noted that Disney plans to remove a statue of Cosby from Walt Disney World.

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Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

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