A jury came to a quick verdict earlier this week and convicted two former Vanderbilt football players of rape, rejecting claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of hard drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.
Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey, both 21, were each convicted of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated battery. They face decades in prison when they are sentenced March 6.
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A security tape turned in as evidence by the school captured the unconscious victim being raped by four football students, as did photos taken by Vanderburg and sent to his friends during the attack. The jury also heard testimony from witnesses, including police, former and current Vanderbilt students and the victim, who had no memory of the attack except waking up in a strange dorm room. The other two football players will be tried at a later date.
Despite the photos and video, and witnesses seeing the woman unconscious and at least partially naked in the dorm, no one reported it. The case was reported to police later by the University when they saw the attack captured on a video camera. The football players were all expelled from the school.
The victim, who was a 21-year-old neuroscience and economics major at the time of the 2013 attack, cried as each guilty verdict was announced. In a statement she thanked prosecutors, detectives and victims advocates.
"You are my heroes and I am so proud of and grateful for each of you," the statement read.
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