Obama says any civilized country should have no tolerance for rape

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 15, 2015 2:40 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, asked on Wednesday about possibly revoking entertainer Bill Cosby's Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. civilian honor, said there is no mechanism for doing so, but added that no civilized country should tolerate rape.

Obama declined to comment on the specific allegations against Cosby, who has been accused by a series of women of raping them after giving them a drug.

"I'll say this: if you give a woman, or a man for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape," Obama told a White House news conference.

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He added that "any civilized country should have no tolerance for rape."

(Reporting by Will Dunham; Editing by Sandra Maler)