Comparing Two Student-Athlete Cases: Brock Turner & Cory Batey

Last Friday, former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey was sentenced to 15 years for taking part in gang raping an unconscious female student in June 2013. In contrast, in June former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in jail - half of which he can avoid with good behavior - and three years of probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious female outside a fraternity house. Here, we have two sexual assault-related stories involving NCAA athletes (both of which are horrible though on somewhat different levels of severity according to law), a variety of facts proven through different means, and two very different results. I want to simply compare the facts to spark conversation and inform y'all in case you missed either one.

 Brock Turner; Source: Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office

Brock Turner; Source: Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office

 Cory Batey; Source: Metro Nashville Police Department

Cory Batey; Source: Metro Nashville Police Department