Two 21-year-old Vanderbilt university students, Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey, were found guilty of rape, stemming from a 2013 incident. The former football players were convicted of raping Vandenburg's girlfriend and filming the ordeal. The men sent the graphic video to friends, none of whom reported the crime to police.
The video showed Vandenburg passing around his drunk, unconscious girlfriend to his teammates. She was thrown on the floor, then penetrated with fingers and penises and her anus violated with a water bottle, as Vandenburg chanted, "Squeeze that sh*t! Squeeze that sh*t! Vandenburg's girlfriend was found the next morning in the dorm corridor by a female friend. Shortly after it was discovered she had been raped. The two remaining suspects, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, both age 20, will be tried at a later date.
The defense attempted to blame the rape on binge drinking and promiscuity, which is a serious problem facing youth in society. However, the jury rejected the claim, insisting the young men be held responsible for their damaging conduct. The jury reached a quick verdict in four minutes, finding Vandenburg and Batey guilty.
The Judiciary Report has repeatedly warned against binge drinking and promiscuity. What can seem like a good time at first, can quickly spiral out of control and lead to terrible situations and lasting damage. People have been raped, assaulted, injured and contracted life altering STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) from being promiscuous and or drunk. If you choose to drink, be responsible and do not test your limits by getting drunk. It can endanger your safety and will damage your health.
Pop culture, especially certain celebrities, encourage people to be promiscuous, labeling women prudes and men nerds, losers and wimps, for not having sex with as many people as possible. However, there is always a consequence for living in that manner. Take care of yourselves and realize in life, you can't trust everyone. Bad things can happen, even when you are not at fault. Therefore, be careful and avoid certain situations.
2 former Vanderbilt players are convicted of rape
January 27, 2015 - A jury convicted two former Vanderbilt players on Tuesday of raping an ex-student, rejecting claims they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack. A jury convicted two former Vanderbilt players on Tuesday of raping an ex-student, rejecting claims they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.
The jury deliberated for three hours before announcing Tuesday that Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey, both 21, were guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. The victim, a 21-year-old neuroscience and economics major at the time of the June 2013 attack, cried as each guilty verdict was announced in Nashville, Tenn. The men face decades in prison when they are sentenced March 6.
The jury heard two weeks of testimony from a parade of witnesses, including police, former and current Vanderbilt students and the woman, who said she didn’t remember what happened that night, only that she woke up in a strange dormitory room. They also saw cellphone images from the night of the attack Vandenburg sent to friends as it was happening. Despite the photos and video, and witnesses seeing the woman unconscious and at least partially naked in a dorm hallway, no one reported it.
Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, who is also charged in the case, testified he did not touch the woman himself but also took pictures. No trial date has been set for McKenzie and Brandon Banks, the fourth former player accused in the assault...