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UNC Football: Linebacker Allen Artis suspended after rape allegation

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Artis is accused of assaulting and raping a UNC student.

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North Carolina linebacker Allen Artis has been indefinitely suspended from the program, according to multiple reports. ABC Eyewitness News 11 reported Artis turned himself in at a magistrate’s office on Wednesday.

According to Robinson's attorney's office Tuesday: "Robinson requested self-sworn warrants for misdemeanor assault on a female and misdemeanor sexual battery as a result of the Orange County District Attorney's refusal to prosecute the case despite sufficient physical evidence."

Artis has been accused of rape by a North Carolina student. The alleged incident took place on Valentine's Day in the Rams Village apartments on UNC's campus. Because of the University’s lack of action, the student has decided speak publicly on Tuesday in a press conference.

The student requested warrants out on Artis, but nothing has been done to push the investigation any further. Her attorney states that "for more than six months we have asked the University and the Orange County District Attorney's office to hold Delaney's rapist accountable for his actions. At every turn we have been met with discouragement and delay."

She previously prepared a statement in advance of her presser:

When I entered Carolina as a freshman a little over a year ago, I was excited about new experiences, new friends, great faculty and classes. That all changed in February when I was assaulted and raped on campus.

I did not realize that rather than receiving support and concern from the University, I would only be further victimized by the people who should be working to keep us safe.

Yes, I was drinking that night on Valentine’s Day. I’m under age, and I take responsibility for that. But that doesn’t give anyone the right to violate me. I did not deserve to be raped.

My life has changed forever, while the person who assaulted me continues as a student and a football player on this campus.

After I was raped, I went to the hospital and gave an account of what I could remember to the sexual assault nurse. Then I was again quizzed by the DPS investigators, who consistently asked humiliating and accusatory questions. 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? I was treated like a suspect.

My humiliation turned to anger when I listened to the recorded interviews of my rapist by DPS. Rather than accusing him of anything, the investigators spoke to him with a tone of comradery. 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 he raped me. They told him, "don’t sweat it, just keep on living your life and playing football."

This man raped me and the police told him not to sweat it. How can this happen? Where’s the protection for students? Why does the University not care that this rapist is free and could possibly harm another student?

And if this happened to me, who else has been hurt and been too scared to come forward? And what other cases are being swept under the rug by the University?

I did everything a rape victim is supposed to do. I reported it. I allowed the rape kit to be taken. I gave a statement. I cooperated with law enforcement and the Title IX office. But six months later the University has done nothing.

I’m taking this public stand not for me, but for the other students on campus who are not protected, despite what the University tells us. I love this University. It’s my home. I plan on graduating. But I expect the University to fulfill its promises to me and to all students.

Artis, a member of special teams, was still on the roster through two weeks, and he even made an appearance in the game against Georgia earlier in the season.