Rape Conspiracy: Overt Act at University of Vermont
In criminal law, a conspiracy is an agreement between two or more persons to break the law at some time in the future and in most cases with at least on overt act in furtherance of that agreement. There is no limit on the number participating in the conspiracy, and usually there is no requirement that any steps have been taken to put the plan into effect.
The act of conspiracy is continuing and parties may join the plot and repentance by one or more parties does not affect liability but may reduce their sentence. The law in the United States usually only requires the conspirators have agreed to engage in a certain illegal act, not that any intended victim was chosen.
Now on the University of Vermont's campus, the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon appears to have gone beyond the general discussion of raping women, and actually sent out a secret survey asking members who they would like to rape. The survey began with questions like what is your major and what are your favorite memories, but the final question asked, “If I could rape someone, who would it be?”
WCAX reported that the survey was leaked, not by repentance of anyone at the fraternity, but when one brother mistakenly emailed it to a teaching assistant.
Allegedly, the author of the video agrees to the overt act of committing rape against someone. The only thing left for police to determine is who else agreed with the author of the video.