Barbara Bowman and Joan Tarshis are among the 30 women alleging Cosby drugged and raped them, and on Monday (06Jul15) their decades-old claims were given a real boost after testimony from a 2005 sex case was made public. In it Cosby confesses to giving former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, three half-pills of Benadryl after she accused him of assaulting her.

Bowman and Tarshis are now speaking out about the testimony, insisting the news is a turning point in the controversy.

Bowman tells CNN, "It's huge, I've worked so hard to tell my story and screamed my story onto deaf ears. So after 10 long years, it really was quite amazing to read my email today and it was like everything turned a 180 in a matter of a minute."

She continues, "(It's) a game changer, and it's about time. To have this long, hard journey of darkness and shame, fighting to be heard, I think we're going to be heard now and I think this is just the beginning."

Tarshis adds, "(I) never thought this day would happen. Now that the truth has come out, that he has bought drugs in order to drug women to have sex with them - I'm just so relieved that the truth has come out."

The comedian testified under oath in connection with a lawsuit filed by Constand, which was settled for undisclosed terms in 2006.

Cosby has never been charged with any crime relating to the sex accusations.