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Speaking out

Alleged UNC rape survivor says lenient Brock Turner sentence ‘motivated’ her to go public

By WITW Staff on September 16, 2016

Delaney Robinson, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sophomore who publicly came forward with her rape allegation against UNC linebacker Allen Artis, said that the lenient sentence handed to Brock Turner after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at Stanford University “motivated” her to ensure her alleged rapist wouldn’t walk free without a fight. Robinson has said she tried for months to get prosecutors and her school to file charges, before finally taking matters into her own hands and filing charges for misdemeanor assault and sexual battery before a magistrate.

“It definitely added some outrage to my will to go forward. It motivated me,” said Robinson, 19, of Turner’s brief imprisonment. The letter written by the victim in the Stanford case, she added, inspired her to go public with her accusations. “That brave girl that spoke out — she said something great about giving others hope and so it definitely influenced my choices,” explained Robinson.

After turning himself into authorities on September 14 and being released on a $5,000 bond, Artis was immediately suspended from the school football team, according to UNC officials. Robinson said she was glad to see her case finally moving forward, but that she also hoped the incident might lead to more open discussion about sexual assault.

“I think there’s a stigma in place where it’s okay for people to sweep this under the rug. It’s taboo to say the word, ‘rape,'” Robinson said. “It needs to be something that we can talk about candidly and openly as a general topic in everyday discussion, an educated discussion in classrooms. It just needs to be spoken about more so that people can become more comfortable with it and with speaking out.” Watch Robinson’s full interview with ABC News below.

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