1. Football absolutely has a cultural problem with rape & domestic violence in general. The rest of society does too but not to the same degree. "The fact they play college football just makes it more visible." Then why do we not see the same level of convictions in other sports NBA, MLB? I don't remember seeing any baseball or basketball players getting caught on video beating the shit out of women, ala Ray Rice/ Joe Mixon. With football it's a systemic problem from the ground up, you have organizations covering up and stifling investigations because they want to win games - police officers investigating the rape also moonlighting as booster security - see Jameis Winston investigation. There so much money involved that it is easy to look the other way. See, Baylor, MSU & FSU. Even with domestic violence cases, you still have men who were given "second chances" and play in the NFL. If you haven't figured that out you haven't been paying attention.
2. Yes, there are people defending them - see bucknbred's comments below where he has attacked women in general and hid behind the veil of innocent until proven guilty (yes this is a real concern - but some people like this guy just want to use it to get them back on the field):
DARN IT! Riep looked pretty good at slot CB at the end of last year, and we lack depth at CB.
Remember guys: Innocent until proven guilty.