NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – There are few words to describe the gut-wrenching testimony from the victim of an alleged rape, unless they are the victim’s own words.
The woman at the center of the Vanderbilt University rape case took the stand Friday, describing the night of the alleged June 23, 2013 assault in a campus dorm room.
The victim, who will not be identified by News 2, testified Brandon Vandenburg gave her a blue drink before the alleged rape.
The young woman was asked about the next thing she remembered.
“The next thing I remember is waking up in a room a really long time later,” she said, noting she didn’t recognize the room and it was around 8 a.m. the next morning.
When asked if she knew Cory Batey, whose trial started Monday, the victim stated, “No. Complete stranger.”
She also said she didn’t know Jaborian McKenzie or Brandon Banks, two others charged in the case alongside Batey and Vandenburg, who she was dating at the time.MORE: Complete coverage of Vanderbilt rape case
The victim of the alleged rape said she felt worse as time went on that day, “sore everywhere but particularly in certain places,” explaining she felt ill, had a headache and was disoriented.
When shown photos of the alleged rape and asked if she recognized them, she broke down, saying through tears, “It’s me. It’s me.”
Assistant District Attorney Jan Norman then asked the victim if she consented to anything that happened in those photos. The victim gave a tearful “absolutely not.”
Batey watched the testimony but left the court room holding his stomach during a break before returning.
A short time later, Batey’s former girlfriend of two and half years, Sarah Enoch, testified regarding text messages she and Batey exchanged the night of June 23.
In one of the texts, she wrote she would stick up for him and the others should anything happen, but noted that if “something bad” had happened Batey would have been “acting weird,” noting she thought he was acting normal.
Next on the stand was a toxicologist with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, who testified to results of toxicology tests performed after the incident came to light.
The victim’s vomit, urine and blood were tested days after the alleged assault and showed no signs of many drugs, including GHB, a common date rape drug, which would not appear in the tests performed by the TBI.
Batey is charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of sexual battery.
Vandenburg’s trial was severed and will go to court later this year. Trial dates have yet to be set for McKenzie or Banks.Copyright 2016 WKRN. All rights reserved.