Forgive me if this has been already been discussed but I just came across it today. Apparently the defense in the Vanderbilt rape trial argues that Defendant Cory Batey cannot be guilty because his actions were influenced by "campus culture."

Defense counsel at one point asked his expert witness if there were a "culture that might influence the way [students] act… the way they think… the way they make decisions." The expert responded that at that age people will respond to peer pressure and behave in ways that they wouldn't otherwise have.

This line of questioning was eventually thrown out because the witness admitted that he had no expertise on Vanderbilt's culture. The judge undoubtedly instructed the jury to disregard that portion of the testimony but no one can guarantee members of the jury aren't actually influenced by that.

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And more importantly, this almost certainly means we will see a growing trend of rape culture being used as a defense. 'It's not my fault; it's society's fault.' I only hope this defense proves unsuccessful.