Defense Cites Campus Culture As Argument In Vanderbilt Sex Assault Case


Defense attorneys for former Vanderbilt University football players whose own cellphones show they participated in a dorm-room sex assault are blaming the elite Southern university, saying their clients' judgment was warped by a campus culture where drunken sex was common, the Associated Press reports. Graphic evidence in court last week is all the more shocking because it shows that others were aware that an unconscious woman was being taken advantage of or had enough evidence to show that something had happened to her, and did nothing to help her or to report it.

The case hints at the size of the challenge facing colleges as they try to establish campuses where students are safe, everyone understands the rules and communities work together to make sure such crimes don't happen. The first to be tried are former wide receiver Cory Batey and star recruit Brandon Vandenburg, whose dorm room became the scene of the alleged crimes.

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