Here Is Andrea Constand's Victim Impact Statement

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NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania—“To truly understand the impact that sexual assault has had on my life, you have to understand the person that I was before it happened.”

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That is the opening of the victim-impact statement submitted to the court by Andrea Constand, the woman who told police back in 2004 that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her. It was entered into evidence Monday as part of Cosby’s sentencing hearing, which continues today. Constand did not read it aloud, but entering it into evidence put it into the public record. Copies were made available Tuesday.

In the statement, Constand recounts loss of appetite, exhaustion, nightmares, and an “overwhelming” sense of shame in the weeks after the assault. “Bill Cosby took my beautiful, healthy young spirit and crushed it. He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others,” Constand wrote.

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A nondisclosure agreement kept Constand and her family silent for many years about what happened. The criminal proceedings have been her few chances to say what Cosby did to her that night. Before the Harvey Weinstein story broke and before #MeToo trended, Constand went through much of what the entire country is just now talking about.

Here is her victim-impact statement, presented in full:

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Dear Andrea,

I know you aren’t likely to ever read this, but I want to say thank you. Thank you for fighting, for continuing to fight even when it would have been easier to give up. Your victory is a victory for all of us who’ve been sexually assaulted, and I hope this verdict allows you to move forward with your life and regain some of that spirit that he took from you. May the rest of your life be as bright as it was before him.

With gratitude and admiration,

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