People v. Artis.

A UNC student claims that she was raped by the school’s football team linebacker on valentines day at Rams Village, a campus-owned apartment. The victim Delaney Robinson is a sophomore at UNC who claims that she was assaulted by the linebacker when she was “black-out-drunk”.

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Screen Grab Via WTVD-TV

She blames UNC and Orange County for a delay in holding the player “accountable for his actions”. [http://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/unc-student-alleges-rape-by-football-player-says-school-has-done-nothing/] Delaney hoping to help others chose to go public with her assault, as too many victims are overlooked in cases such as this. It seems to have become a pass to commit a crime such as rape and get away with it if you’re an athlete with a bright athletic career.

“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,” she continued. “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.”  [http://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/unc-student-alleges-rape-by-football-player-says-school-has-done-nothing/]

According to USA Today the UNC football player, Allen Artis

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turned himself in after he was accused of the assault. And per UNC athletic department rules he was suspended from the team. [http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/acc/2016/09/14/north-carolina-allen-artis-accused-of-sexual-assault-turns-himself/90351338/?hootPostID=5b3f3870183f54ca032b24d09cc3ea44] The story has had a total of 9,832 articles written about it thirty days in which they compare the case to other cases, question the North Carolina Rape Law, and bring into questioning Robinson integrity and the integrity of UNC. Similar cases have been held and brought to trial like The People V. Turner and most recently Derrick Rose V. Jane Doe.

In the People V. Turner, Student Athlete was discovered raping an unconscious female behind a dumpster by two foreign exchange students. The defendant Brock Allen Turner was sentenced to six months in county jail followed by three years of formal probation, registration as a sex offender and, sex offender rehabilitation program.

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Mug Shot of Brock Turner Santa Clara Co. Sheriff

But, Turner was released three months earlier than what he was sentenced. Causing an uproar in society with many complaining that his early release was unjust.[http://www.stanforddaily.com/2016/09/02/brock-turner-released-from-jail-begins-parole/]

In Derrick Rose V. Jane Doe, Jane Doe filed a civil lawsuit against Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and two of his friends.

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Doe made claims of being drugged at a party two years ago. She also claimed that on August 27, 2013,the three trespassed into her apartment and gang raped her in her sleep. Rose’s lawyers do not view the case as a rape case but as “Pure and simple extortion” stating that Doe is just seeking millions in damages from a celebrity. The case is to go to trial on October 4. [https://thinkprogress.org/derrick-roses-response-to-rape-allegations-helps-explain-why-68-of-rapes-aren-t-reported-to-police-f4988c0b6d3f#.pwd0pagpd]

Each case I’ve discussed deals with a male athlete. Brock and Allen were both student athletes while Rose is a professional athlete. The victims in each case were under some type of influences whether it be alcoholic or drugged based. And while one victim was sympathized with and treated as what she was, a rape victim. The other two did not receive such treatment. They are being treated as gold diggers and groupies. Only two out of three of the cases have made it to court, while one is on its way to trial. In terms of media coverage Brock and Allen’s cases are receiving a substantial amount of media play in comparison to Rose’s case. Allen was the only defendant to turn himself in while Brock tried to play innocent about the assault and Rose is denying the allegations and his lawyers are demanding that Jane Doe’s name and face get publicized.

This case is just one of many and many more to come where a rape victim of an athlete is treated as a suspect versus what they truly are, a victim. Robinson spoke up because she felt as though she wasn’t receiving the justice that she deserved nor was she being treated fairly compared to how the officers joked with her alleged assaulter. She spoke up so that the case would get the media coverage it deserved and to empower other victims who have gone through this. The case is not about the actual rape itself but about the victims who are treated as suspects in a case where they were the ones hurt.

It is noticed that when dealing with rape cases revolving around athletes vs the common man, athletes receive a slap on the wrist because of their position and social standing. This is something that has to be noticed and stopped, just because you can dribble, throw a ball or even swim well, does not give you a pass to do whatever you want to females.

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