A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football player turned himself in on a sexual battery charge Tuesday, seven months after being accused of rape. The development comes on the same day a 19-year-old student went public about her alleged rape on campus by a football player — after what she said had been months of trying to get prosecutors and her school to pursue charges.
The student, sophomore Delaney Robinson, said she went to the hospital after the alleged assault by linebacker Allen Artis on Valentine’s Day where she spoke with a sexual assault nurse. But when the school’s department of public safety (DPS) questioned her, she said, they bombarded her with “demeaning and accusatory questions.”
“Did I lead him on? Have I hooked up with him before? Do I often have one-night stands? Did I even say no? What is my sexual history? How many men have I slept with? I was treated like a suspect,” she said. Later, after listening to the recorded interviews conducted by the DPS with her alleged rapist, Robinson said her “humiliation turned to rage.”
“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 that he raped me,” Robinson recalled. “They told him, ‘Don’t sweat it, just keep on living your life and keep on playing football.'”
In North Carolina, anyone who goes before a magistrate and swears that they suffered criminal acts can bring forward a case if the magistrate determines there is sufficient evidence. Artis was charged on Tuesday with sexual battery and assault on a female, both misdemeanors, before being released on $5,000 bond.
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