A 21-year-old junior linebacker and University of North Carolina student, Allen Artis, turned himself in to authorities after he was accused of rape.
The Orange County Magistrate's office issued arrest warrants for misdemeanor assault on a female and misdemeanor sexual battery filed by Delaney Robinson, who is also a UNC student. Artis was released on a $5,000 bond.
Artis was suspended from the football team as per university policy after Robinson, 19, came forward in a news conference.
She alleged Artis assaulted her on Valentine's Day at an on-campus apartment while drinking with friends.
Robinson brought her case out in public after disappointment with the lack of action on the university's part.
“My life has changed forever,” she said, “while the person who assaulted me continues as a student and a football player on this campus.”
Robinson added she had been drinking when Artis allegedly raped her.
“Yes, I was drinking that night on Valentine’s Day. 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.”
“I was treated like a suspect,” she said. “What was I wearing? What was I drinking? How much did I drink? How much did I eat that day? 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?”
"The university failed either by being uninformed or by completely disregarding the new Title IX guidelines that they so publicly pronounced being put in place," Robinson's attorney Denise Branch said.
“Ms. Branch did not understand the law in North Carolina as it relates to mental incapacitation and physical helplessness,” said District Attorney Jim Woodall. “They had a wide-ranging conversation that lasted about two hours about the state of the law, and during the conversation, issues of blackouts and consciousness were discussed. The law is that if someone voluntarily becomes impaired, that then for there to be a sexual assault, it would have to be the use of force or the person would have to be physically helpless.”
“We don't make that up, that’s just what the law is,” he added
The university has been at the receiving end of a lot of flak for their lax policies.
"The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is deeply committed to the safety and well-being of our students and takes all allegations about sexual violence or sexual misconduct extremely seriously," Joel Curran, the vice chancellor for communications and public affairs, said in a statement.
"These matters are complex and often involve multiple agencies including law enforcement," he added. "While the university always tries to complete an investigation as quickly as possible, our priority is to ensure that the factual investigations are complete and conducted in a fair and thorough manner."
The U.S. Department of Education’s Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on gender in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title IX states that: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
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