Sexual assault forum held at Vanderbilt University

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There’s certainly been a lot of talk about college culture and campus sexual assaults following the high-profile Vanderbilt University rape trial.

A forum hosted by The Tennessean and the sexual assault center was held on campus Tuesday night.

Metro police, various schools and the District Attorney were all in attendance.

Vandy sex forum
The forum was held at Vanderbilt University.

The event focused on encouraging witnesses to come forward and lending advice to help stop possibly bad situations from happening.

The forum comes just months after two former football players were convicted of raping an unconscious female student in a dorm room in June 2013.

Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are now in the Metro jail awaiting their sentencing after being found guilty of all charges against them, including multiple counts of aggravated rape.

Batey’s attorney, Worrick Robinson, attended the forum Tuesday and spoke to News 2 exclusively afterward.

Robinson said he hopes events like this at Vanderbilt will help young people make better decisions, especially in light of the Vanderbilt case.

“I’ve said before there is very little good that could have come out of this situation, and there probably is not good for the parties themselves, but I hope there will be a voice and there will be change and dialogue about trying to stop the next Vanderbilt situation,” he explained.

Batey and Vandenburg are scheduled to be sentenced June 15.

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