(Steubenville, OH) A current Ohio NAACP leader is questioning the story of the victim of a high profile rape case.
Royal Mayo says the teen, whom he refers to as the “alleged victim,” was drunk and wanted to go out with one of the football players.
Mayo says his statements are personal and do not reflect the opinions of the NAACP. A response from the NAACP can be found at the bottom of this article.
Just last week, two teens Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond were convicted of raping the 16-year-old while she was passed out after a night of heavy drinking.
Mayo is upset that Richmond, whom he knows personally, was prosecuted and seems to think his race played a role even though the Mays is a white male.
Mayo told the International Business Times the girl intended to get drunk, “She said her mother brought her to the party, at 3 o’clock, with a bottle of vodka,” Mayo said. “Where did you get it, young lady? You brought it from home? Where’d you get it? You came to the party with your mother.”
Mayo continued, “They’re alleging she got raped; she’s acknowledging that she wanted to leave with Trent. Her friends say she pushed them away as she went and got into the car, twice telling them, ‘I know what I’m doing; I’m going with Trent.”
Many are calling Mayo’s statements irresponsible and uninformed.
The National NAACP has condemned the remarks:
“The NAACP abhors the remarks attributed to Royal Mayo regarding the rape victim in the Steubenville. The remarks are Mayo’s own, and do not reflect the position of the NAACP and its membership. Mr. Mayo is not the president of the Steubenville NAACP and is not a spokesman for the NAACP.
The article attributing him as such has been corrected by the International Business Times. Rape is a despicable crime of violence. The NAACP understands that comments that blame victims for the actions of their attackers contribute to and perpetuate a culture of acquiescence to rape.
The NAACP advocates strongly for a society where victims of rape and sexual assault can come forward and seek legal redress without further retribution from the community, media or society at large.”