UNC student says school’s rape investigation ‘ineffective’

Delaney Robinson

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – A UNC sophomore, who claimed she was raped by another student in February, spoke publicly Tuesday about the assault.

Delaney Robinson said she was raped on Valentine’s Day in Ram Village on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. CBS North Carolina usually will not identify victims of sexual assault but Robinson decided to take her case public.

Robinson said she has faced struggles in bringing her attacker to justice. She claims the University is not holding the accused attacker accountable.

She said the investigation conducted by University of North Carolina Department of Public Safety was “ineffective.”

Robinson’s attorney, Denise Branch, spoke Tuesday and was critical of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

“The Orange County District Attorney has pronounced that ‘unconsciousness is rape, black out drunk is not rape.’ Therefore, because my client did not drink to the point of unconsciousness before she was raped, the Orange County District Attorney has declined to prosecute this case,” Branch said.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said there an active, ongoing investigation into the incident.

Woodall said UNC police are handling the investigation and he has been in contact with that department as recently as August 26 and 29.

He also said he spoke with Robinson’s attorney in August, too.

The test results are still not back and Woodall said six months isn’t a long time for them to investigate.

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