In January 2015, ex-Vanderbilt University football players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were found guilty of aggravated rape on an unconscious woman. In a statement, the victim thanked the prosecutors and detectives that had worked on her case, leading to a rare conviction. “I am... hopeful that the publicity this case has received will lead to a discussion of how we can end sexual violence on college campuses,” the statement said. “Finally, I want to remind other victims of sexual violence: You are not alone. You are not to blame.”
But in an odd turn of events, Vandenburg and Batey’s verdicts were overturned after it was discovered that the foreman of the jury had been a victim of statutory rape; so Tennessee prosecutors went back to the drawing board. In April, Batey was again convicted and he is scheduled for sentencing in July. On Monday, Vandenburg’s retrial began. Vandenburg, now 22, is charged with five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and unlawful photography.