Delay in charging gridiron player with sex attack enrages student

  • 14/09/2016
Student Delaney Robinson (CBS News)
Student Delaney Robinson (CBS News)

An arrest warrant has been issued for a University of North Carolina American football player, accused of sexual assault.

The warrant issued on Tuesday (local time) accuses Allen Artis, a 21-year-old junior linebacker from Marietta, Georgia, of two misdemeanours against Delaney Robinson.

The alleged attack was seven months ago. However, Ms Robinson says police, prosecutors and the university were slow to take action.

Ms Robinson, 19, says the alleged attack happened at an on-campus apartment. She says she was there with Artis, whom she just met. He then allegedly sexually assaulted her.

"After I was raped I went to the hospital and gave an account of what I could remember," says Ms Robinson. "I was treated like a suspect."

Ms Robinson says she reported the assault that night and a rape kit was administered.

"I was drinking that night on Valentine's Day. I am underage and I take responsibility for that, but that does not give anybody the right to violate me," she says.

She gave statements to both law enforcement and university police. Almost seven months later, the university has not charged the athlete.

According to the US Department of Education there were 94 sexual assault cases on US university campuses last year. This year that number has jumped to 273 - a nearly 200 percent increase.

Ms Robinson says she is coming forward to push for change.

"I am taking this public stand not for me but for the other students on campus who are not protected, despite what the university says," she says.

Artis has refused to comment; however, a University of North Carolina spokesperson told CBS News Artis has been suspended from the team.

The school's athletic department policy says any player charged with a misdemeanour is suspended indefinitely and can only be reinstated after approval from a variety of school officials.

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