Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee is the private University where a woman suffered repeated sexual abuse, date rape and had photographs taken whilst she was unconscious. She had to live through nearly three years of trials and retrials of her ordeal. The jury found the former Football player Brandon Vandenburg guilty of five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of sexual battery and one count of taking illegal photos.

Vendenburg was jailed immediately following the court case as per Tennessee law to await his sentencing. No date has yet been released as to when the sentencing might take place. His guilty convictions indicate that he might face as long as 25 years in jail.

Vanderbilt University statement.

Following the court case conclusion, the Chancellor of Vanderbilt University released a statement on their Website, where they indicated that they supported the victim completely.

“She has shown incredible strength and fortitude as she has endured another retrial,”iIt said. The statement said that they hope that the finding of the court will help the victim find some measure of resolution. The University statement also went on to reassure the public that they will make every effort to "combat the threat of sexual violence” on their campus. They have a strong relationship wit the Metro Nashville Police.

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Vandenburg known to the victim.

Vandenburg was one of a group of men accused in the case, but he as the only one known to the victim. They had been dating for a short while when the incident took place. The other men involved were complete strangers to the victim. The case evidence showed how the victim had been given some kind of drug, and then she was repeatedly abused by the strangers who assaulted her with their hands and a bottle. Vandenburg claimed he had not participated in that stage of the proceedings, but he did take pornographic photographs.

Surveillance videos.

Police detectives were able to obtain surveillance video of her being carried into Vandenburg’s dorm where the attack on her took place. According to evidence led in the trial Vandenburg originally denied doing anything other than failing to report that he had observed the rape and that he felt the perpetrators deserved to be jailed. The videos and images of the sexual assault that had been deleted were recovered and helped to convict Vandenburg.

More trials to come.

The other men involved in the incident were Cory Batey, who was found guilty in April, and two others - Jaborian "Tip" McKenzieand Brandon E. Banks are awaiting their trial. McKenzi and Banks are pleading not guilty to the charges, which might mean that the nightmare for the victim is not over yet. She already testified before the court in January and again in April and relived the nightmare in public.

It was reported by the Tennessean News that Assistant District Attorney General Jan Norman said that this long legal process and hectic media coverage very seldom happens in a rape trial. He went on and “praised the victim for enduring a case that was unlike any other.”

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