A student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, said a junior linebacker from the school’s football team who sexually assaulted her on Valentine’s Day has not been prosecuted by the university or the police.
Delaney Robinson is a sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill. Her allegations against Allen Artis come months after the alleged incident – which occurred at Ram Village, an apartment complex at the university – because no proper action was taken by the school. Robinson was an 18-year-old freshman then, ABC 11 notes.
Delaney Robinson: ‘My life has changed forever’
With no action was taken against the player, Robinson’s lawyer, Denise Branch, said that the only way her client could get justice was through filing misdemeanor charges.
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Speaking to journalists, the victim said, “My life has changed forever while the person who assaulted me remains as a student and as a football player on this campus.”
As reported by the News & Observer, team spokesman Kevin Best said Artis was suspended from the team, as is the standard protocol for any player charged with misdemeanor. However, as was noted in an email, District Attorney James Woodall said the investigation is ongoing at his office and at the university, as reported by USA Today.
“I have worked in the DA’s office for 26 years and have prosecuted many, many UNC students, including UNC athletes, for very serious crimes, including rape,” Woodall said. “From our perspective, it’s immaterial who the alleged person and it doesn’t factor into our decision.”
Delaney Robinson: ‘I did not deserve to be raped’
Branch said she and Robinson had to meet with a magistrate and request self sworn warrants for Artis’ arrest. The warrants on charges of misdemeanor assault on a female and misdemeanor sexual battery was issued by the judge. These warrants, according to which Artis had sex with Robinson while she was “mentally incapacitated and physically helpless,” are at present being held by the Sheriff’s office, Branch added, as reported by Business Insider.
In a statement, which was also posted on Twitter, Robinson said, “I did not realize that rather than receiving concern and support from the university, I would only be further victimized by the people who should be working to keep us safe,” she said in a statement. “Yes, I was drinking that night. … I’m underage, and I take responsibility for that. But that doesn’t give anyone the right to violate me. I did not deserve to be raped.”
Statement from Delaney Robinson, who claims a UNC football player sexually assaulted her on Feb. 14 pic.twitter.com/dH5jNWMrZv
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