The nation was shocked over the rape of a white Ohio 16-year-old girl, and the callous comments recorded by those who witnessed the assault. To heighten the outrage, an NAACP Ohio executive committeeman and former president of NAACP’s Steubenville chapter is now placing the blame for the passed-out drunken teen’s rape squarely on her own shoulders.
After the trial, which last week resulted in the convictions of Trent Mays who and Ma’lik Richmond, two Steubenville High School football players, Royal Mayo referred to the raped teen as the “alleged victim.” He also said the girl was drunk and wanted to be with the football players. Mayo’s remarks were personal and not made on behalf of the NAACP.
Charles Poladian reported in the Investor Business Times:
The two football players brought the victim to two separate parties as other teens photographed and documented the sexual abuse. The victim had been drinking heavily and was unconscious during the attacks. Videos and photos were shared by teens who attended the party, which would be later used as evidence against Mays, 17, and Richmond, 16. The two were sentenced to juvenile detention — two years for Mays and one year for Richmond.
In an exclusive telephone interview with the Times, Mayo described the 16-year-old as an “alleged victim” who got drunk and engaged in consensual sex.
“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.
Investor’s Business Times continues:
By 10:30 p.m., other partygoers were making catcalls and bets to urinate on her, according to a New York Times time line of the incident. The victim was “carried” out of the party by Richmond and Mays two hours later. In the car on the way to another party, Mays was videotaped digitally penetrating the victim. At a third party, the victim was unable to walk on her own, and, according to testimony, Richmond was seen digitally penetrating her from behind. In the videotaped testimonies from the teens at the party, they understood that something wrong was happening but did not stop the sexual assault, as reported by Gawker.
According to Poladian, Mayo was “apparently unfazed by the inflammatory nature of such statements” during the course of his interview.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine advised that “some of the teens who shared photos could be arrested at a later date” the Times reported.
As an aside directed to Mayo, just because one of the convicted rapists is black doesn’t mean his conviction was racially motivated. As depicted in the CNS News video below, both young men apologized to the court after their conviction. That would seem to put an end to the question.
Read more at Investor’s Business Times.
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