After recent high profile campus rape cases, prosecutors in Nashville asked for the maximum penalty (and rightly so) for former Vanderbilt football player Corey Batey saying “the punishment would send a message about campus rapes.
As reported in the New York Post, Batey has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping an unconscious female student.
A criminal judge handed down the sentence for Cory Batey on Friday after the victim said her life was shattered as a result of the rape.
The woman was a neuroscience and economics major when she was assaulted in a dorm on the Nashville campus in June 2013. Four former football players were charged.
The sentencing comes amid widespread furor over a Stanford University swimmer who was sentenced to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on a college campus.
Batey was convicted in April of aggravated rape, which carries a sentence of 15 to 25 years. Prosecutors asked for the maximum, saying the punishment would send a message about campus rapes.”
While wholly deserved- why is it that the first example to be made is a by Black man?While rich, white privileged young men (most recently Brock Turner of Stanford university) continue to get a “pass” with light sentencing, as to not ruin their lives. The Stanford Rape case has illustrated the toxicity that is White male privilege, and while every rapist deserves to be held accountable to the maximum extent of the law, it would be a more powerful example if perpetrators the likes of Brock Turner were actually held accountable.
Watch the video below to view how Brock Tuner’s light sentence has affected his victim and how rape psychologically impacts survivors
(Article By Tasha Sharifa)