Target: Glenn Funk, Nashville District Attorney
Goal: Praise decision to convict two university football players who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman in a dorm room.
Four former Vanderbilt University football players were accused of the 2013 rape of an unconscious classmate, who was dating one of them at the time. Two of the attackers were just convicted on all counts, five counts of rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery, while the other two attackers are awaiting trial. Students who survive sexual violence rarely see justice being served in their cases, especially when it involves athletes. Please join us in applauding this conviction and highlighting the importance of making sure that sexual predators face consequences for their actions.
Video footage from the night of the assault shows Brandon Vandenburg carrying the survivor into a dorm room while she is unconscious. The survivor testified that they were dating at the time and that he gave her several drinks that night while they were at a club in Nashville. She does not remember the assault, but the attackers documented the abuse themselves and posted photos on social media, which investigators managed to retrieve.
District Attorney Glenn Funk was quoted by USA Today saying, “This case gives our community an opportunity to talk to each other and to our children, especially to our boys, about the way we treat women, both with our actions and with our words. No one deserves to be violated. Further, if you see someone who is being sexually assaulted, the right thing to do is to report it and try to get the person some help.” Hopefully this message does come through in the verdict, and potential attackers will be deterred from committing such crimes. Join us in thanking the District Attorney and supporting the survivor, who can hopefully regain some peace following the convictions.
Dear Mr. Funk,
Two young men were recently convicted of raping their classmate at Vanderbilt University. Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey abused Vandenburg’s girlfriend while she was unconscious and took pictures of their actions. Many cases of sexual violence in universities and colleges have been gaining national attention, mainly for being ignored by authorities, particularly when athletes were involved. I wanted to thank you for not overlooking this case and for this fair conviction, which will hopefully also extend to the other two assailants in the case.
Sexual crimes have an extremely low rate of indictments and convictions, and they usually carry notoriously low sentences. I hope that this case will be the exception in terms of sentencing as well and will encourage harsher treatment of abusers in future cases. Please continue fighting for survivors and defending their rights.
[Your Name Here]
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