Cosby cover sparks #TheEmptyChair discussion

Updated 8:51 PM EDT, Mon July 27, 2015
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Story highlights

New York magazine cover sparks a discussion about the culture surrounding sexual assault

Cover featured 35 of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape

The discussion used the hashtag #TheEmptyChair

(CNN) —  

The striking cover of the latest issue of New York magazine features 35 women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape. In four rows, they sit side by side in what the magazine calls an “unwelcome sisterhood.”

But a 36th seat is left empty. It is a placeholder, the magazine said, representing the sexual-assault victims who are unable to come forward, out of shame or in fear of a culture that won’t believe them.

The comedian has never been criminally charged and has vehemently denied wrongdoing.