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Kavitha A. Davidson

The Downside of the Vanderbilt Rape Convictions

A rare win for justice, it nonetheless highlights the many ways the system is stacked against victims.
Tarnished star.

Tarnished star.

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Two former Vanderbilt University football players were convicted yesterday of raping a fellow student back in 2013. While it was a rare win for justice in such cases,  it nonetheless highlights the many ways the system is stacked against victims.

It was a muted victory, as those in sexual violence cases tend to be. You hope it gives the victim some semblance of healing, but we should also remember all those who didn't get their day in court. After the jury handed down guilty verdicts for 16 felonies, including aggravated rape and sexual battery, the now-21-year-old woman issued a statement to those who have endured similar ordeals: "You are not alone. You are not to blame." One detective working the case called her, "one of the strongest women I've ever met."