CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – UNC students who say they’re “disappointed and horrified” with the way the university has responded to survivors of sexual violence will rally tonight on campus.
A number of campus groups will gather at the at the Peace and Justice Plaza to hear from speakers, then march from the plaza to the university’s Department of Public Safety.
“It’s a way to show the university that we’re not going to stay silent while they completely overlook the mistreatment of students on this campus, the assaults of students on this campus,” said senior Regan Buchanan.
The event comes days after sophomore Delaney Robinson, 19, of Apex, publicly criticized the university administration for its response to her report that she was assaulted Feb. 14.
Robinson later swore out warrants stemming from the incident against Allen Artis, a junior linebacker from Marietta, Ga. Artis surrendered to authorities Wednesday and was released on $5,000 bond.
“That is absolutely awful as a female student to hear that this is how you’re treated when you come forward and report that you have been raped or sexually assaulted,” said junior Lauren Eaves. “That makes us angry and makes us upset. And we want the university to know that.”
The rally is being held by UNC Siren, the Campus Y, Feminist Students United, CAGE and NARAL Pro-Choice NC.
Some students are also considering holding signs and yelling chants at this weekend’s football game to keep attention on Robinson’s case.