Who Is Delaney Robinson? The UNC Student Is Speaking Out About Her Alleged Rape
The world needs more Delaney Robinsons. We need more champions, more dogged, determined people who refuse categorically to be silent. We need more steadfast, clear-headed leaders who see the world they way it already is, and continue to expect this world to get better. Delaney Robinson, the UNC student who alleged that she was raped by a football player at the Chapel Hill campus, is well on her way to becoming one of those leaders.
Robinson, an 18-year-old pre-business student studying at the University of North Carolina, admittedly had too much to drink on Valentine's Day of this year. She drank too much and became "incapacitated," as she said at a press conference in Raleigh on Tuesday with her father and lawyer, attorney Denise Branch, by her side. That's when she claimed UNC football player Allen Artis allegedly raped her. Robinson told reporters:
After the alleged rape took place, Robinson went to the hospital, where she allowed a nurse trained in sexual assault cases to examine her and use a rape kit. According to Denise Branch, Robinson's attorney, the rape kit found “vaginal injuries consistent with blunt-force trauma and bruising consistent with a physical assault."
Robinsons was then interviewed by campus police... and said she was the one who was treated "like a suspect":
Robinson alleges that campus police treated Artis differently. She claimed that an audio recording of the interview revealed campus police joking with Artis, and reportedly comforting him when he was upset:
The Orange County District Attorney's office decided not to prosecute Artis, because, as Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman reportedly told Robinson's attorney Branch, “unconsciousness is rape, blackout drunk is not rape.”
Rape culture is when survivors like Delaney Robinson are shamed for reporting assault and rape kits sit untested. pic.twitter.com/HtDI8SVOvf— UltraViolet (@UltraViolet) September 13, 2016
Robinson did not stop there. She requested "self-sworn" warrants to be issued against Artis for misdemeanor assault on a female and misdemeanor sexual battery. These warrants can be requested by private citizens in North Carolina when a judge finds there is enough evidence that a crime could have been committed. A judge issued the warrants, and Artis has since turned himself in to police.
In a statement this week, UNC coach Larry Fedora noted,
This isn't the first time the University of North Carolina has come under fire for mishandling alleged cases of rape on campus. In 2013, UNC was investigated by the Department of Education for the way the school handled sexual assault reports. UNC was also one of the schools profiled in the 2014 documentary about campus rape, Hunting Ground.
If justice is served in the case of Delaney Robinson's alleged rape, it will be because of the sheer perseverance of the young woman herself. As her father, Stacey Robinson, said to reporters: