UPDATE: 9/14 4:58 P.M. EST — Following Delaney Robinson‘s self-sworn warrant this morning, Tar Heels linebacker/alleged rapist Allen Artis turned himself in and is expected back in court later today after posting a $5,000 secured bond.
Now that Stanford Rapist Brock Turner is officially off the hook for those “20 minutes of action,” we’d hoped the legal system would be ready for a sea change.
But the embarrassing injustice of the high profile sexual assault case has thus far done nothing to impact how the system treats victims.
That’s especially unfortunate for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sophomore Delaney Robinson.
According to reports, the 19-year-old claims she was raped by Junior linebacker Allen Artis on Valentine’s Day earlier this year following a night of underage drinking that led to a blackout.
Unfortunately, despite immediately going to the hospital for a rape kit — which confirmed blunt force trauma to her genitals and neck — campus police simply laughed when she reported the crime.
To make things even worse, while she was questioned about her sexual history and alcohol intake… Allen was allegedly told to just keep focusing on football.
Robinson revealed in a Raleigh press conference on Tuesday:
“Rather than accusing him of anything, the investigators spoke to him with a tone of camaraderie. They provided reassurances to him when he became upset. They even laughed with him when he told them how many girls’ phone numbers he had managed to get on the same night he raped me.”
North Carolina’s Orange County Sheriff’s Office flat-out refused to prosecute the star athlete. According to Delaney’s lawyer, the assistant district attorney told her “unconsciousness is rape, blackout drunk is not rape.”
It wasn’t until Delaney broke her silence seven months later that the school even started taking her claims seriously — Allen was only just put under suspension starting Wednesday, per University policy.
Delaney appealed directly to a magistrate where she managed to attain “self-sworn warrants for misdemeanor assault on a female and misdemeanor sexual battery,” with which her attacker was FINALLY served this morning.
Although, that’s basically just the equivalent of a citizen’s arrest… so we have a feeling justice will not be served in this case.
Ch-ch-check out Delaney’s brave press conference regarding her rape (below)!!!
[Image via ABC11.]