Rape culture

Vanderbilt football player passed out condoms to teammates ahead of rape, prosecutors say

Vanderbilt College football player Brandon Vandenburg is shown in this booking photo supplied by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department on August 10, 2013. REUTERS/Metropolitan Nashville Police Department/Handout via Reuters

Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenberg was accused in court on Monday of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he had been dating, going so far as to pass out condoms to the three teammates before the rape. Prosecutors made the claims during opening statements in the retrial of Vandenburg, who is charged with aggravated rape, aggravated sexual battery, and unlawful photography. He was previously found guilty following a trial last year, but the verdict was thrown out due to jury misconduct, according to Nashville’s WSMV news station.

Vandenburg’s attorney, in his own opening statement, blamed the three other football players for the attack, saying that perhaps Vandenburg could have stopped it, but he shouldn’t be held responsible for what they did to the victim. The attorney also said that Vandenberg had been drinking all day, and didn’t even know the other players, whom he asked to help him carry the woman, who was unconscious, into his room. The victim was a 21-year-old neuroscience and economics major when the attack happened.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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