Former Steubenville NAACP President Blames Rape Victim for Attack
I am absolutely appalled. Royal Mayo, former president of the Steubenville chapter of the NAACP, is placing the blame on the victim in the nationally covered Steubenville rape case. He claims she was willing, drunk, and even says racism was a factor in the convictions. Here are just some of his despicable comments:
Royal Mayo, a lifelong resident of the Ohio city that gained national infamy following the rape of the girl by two Steubenville High School football players, says that attention should be focused on the role of the young woman, whom he calls the “alleged victim,” saying she was drunk and wanted to go out with one of the football players. He also claims that other teens involved in the incident were let off easy, because they were “well-connected.”
Mayo even made sure to refer to the 16-year-old who was raped as the “alleged victim.” Seriously. He did:
In a phone interview with the International Business Times, Mayo described the 16-year-old girl as the “alleged victim” and said she might have been having consensual sex. “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 added that she might have been a willing participant, apparently unfazed by the inflammatory nature of such statements. “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,’” Mayo said.
Can you imagine if a Republican or Tea Party group said something like this about rape? Oh, wait. I can. Todd Akin & Richard Mourdock ring a bell. And what they said wasn’t even nearly as awful as blaming a 16-year-old girl for being raped. A rape, by the way, that is not “alleged.” The rape Royal is referring to has been adjudicated and the defendants were found guilty. It’s real.
Of course since the NAACP is so revered by leftists and the media, I know they’ll get a pass on these disgusting comments. Just like always.
Note: This post has been amended to reflect that International Business Times now reports that Mayo is not the current president of the Steubenville NAACP chapter. He is a member of the group’s Ohio executive committee.