Fifteen years in prison. That’s the sentence given to Cory Batey, a Vanderbilt University football player. Batey, along with three teammates, raped an unconscious woman. In Batey’s case, he was found guilty of rape and three counts of aggravated sexual assault. The victim in the case was a senior at Vanderbilt and was dating one of the other men that is also charged for her rape. At the trial, she said that she was on a date with Vandenburg and the last thing she remembered was him giving her drinks at a bar. When she woke up the next morning, she was in a room she didn’t recognized, sick, and no idea what happened. The victim said that she didn’t know what happened until the police contacted her and showed her the pictures and the video of her attack.
The attack went on for over thirty minutes and ended with Batey urinating on her. She was then thrown out in the hallway and left there. During his questioning, Batey stated that he didn’t remember anything about that night. It’s odd how all of them lost track of that night. Batey’s attorney told the jury that Batey was so drunk and that the other three men had pushed him into the assault. She said that Vanderburg was the “puppet master” of that night. The attorney went on to say that Batey was also a victim. Quote, “We know what rape is, and Mr. Batey’s not guilty of that.”
According to another testimony, several other athletes saw the victim lying on the floor, unconscious and half naked in the hallway and did nothing. The incident was discovered by chance. The school security was reviewing video, after there was a complaint of vandalism. They saw the footage of the men carrying the unconscious woman out into the hallway.
On May 20th, Batey was sentenced to fifteen years. It took the jury 90 minutes to come back with a guilty ruling. He will be 37 years old when he is released. The judge that presided over the case said, “It is one of the saddest cases that I have ever encountered. And I’ve been in the legal business for 32 years.” He goes on to say, “All of the defendants in this case basically have life sentences. After they get out of jail or prison they will be on the sex-offender registry for the rest of their lives. That’s a life sentence in and of itself.”
I leave you with a quote from the victim: “Something permanent snapped that day. I felt myself detach from my body. Now, I feel like I’m walking around in the shell of someone else. A part of me went numb, a sense of being a whole person with hopes and dreams about what’s possible in the world was now gone. I felt my belief that people are inherently good twist into some cruel joke in an instant. But sexual assault was not where the attack ended. Mr. Batey continued to abuse and degrade me, urinating on my face while uttering horrific racial hate speech that suggested I deserved what he was doing to me because of the color of my skin. He didn’t even know who I was.”
To read more about this case, please click on the link below. There is also a link in the article to read the victim’s full statement.