What Message Does The Vanderbilt Rape Case Send?
Kathy Walsh, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, said the message sent by the sentence may be a deterrent, but to victims more than perpetrators.
"While Batey has been given a 15-year sentence, the victim has been given a life sentence," she said. "She will have to cope with the trauma of this experience for the rest of her life.
"Certainly I believe perpetrators need to be held accountable for their actions. I hoped the judge would impose a stronger sentence to send a message that rape and abuse are unacceptable. I think that's part of prevention as well. We need to impose tougher sentences, that's one way to change the culture. It sends a message that behavior is unacceptable."
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