A Frightening Bill Cosby Column

National Enquirer revisits the time the entertainer explained “How to Protect Your Children From Molesters.”

Sometimes, scoops are sitting right there in plain sight.

In this week’s issue of the National Enquirer, out today, editor in chief Dylan Howard highlights a guest column dug up from the publication’s archives. The Sept. 24, 1985 issue article, headlined “How to Protect Your Children From Molesters,” was written by Bill Cosby and published following The Cosby Show’s debut on NBC the previous fall.

In the piece, Cosby notes that he and wife Camille have received vile letters threatening their five children ages nine to 20, and that these letters have been passed on to the FBI to investigate. To guard against potential child kidnappers and child molesters, Cosby itemizes a number of tips and tricks, based on conduct within his own family. These include the suggestion to “Act Out Little Dramas:”

Other times, I play the part of a potential molester trying to lead the child away. I approach one of my kids with a bag of candy, a toy or a doll and ask them to come along on a walk.

I teach them to reply immediately, ‘My teacher says I’m not supposed to accept anything from anybody I don’t know. I don’t want your presents – just leave me alone. I’m going home right now!’

Another technique touched on several times by Cosby is the value of a secret, safe word. The sexual assault accusations made against Cosby date all the way back to the 1960s and, in once case, involve a woman who claims it happened at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15, after she met the entertainer at a movie shoot location.

For this week’s revisit, the Enquirer asked psychotherapist Dr. Gilda Carle to review Cosby’s 31-year-old words and provide her analysis. “He’s laughing at everyone,” she suggests, “clearly thumbing his nose at the people he hurt.”

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