The real story is that Royal Mayo, the president of the Steubenville NAACP has been saying this for a while without the media showing any willingness to report on what he was saying and who he was.
Mayo even showed up at a City Council meeting to announce, “I don’t think Ma’Lik Richmond received a fair trial. He was convicted in the court of public opinion before the trial. Their has been talk about healing but that healing can’t begin until this wrong is righted.” But the story only described him as a “local resident”.
Even now, after Mayo’s IBT interview, the media spin is to concentrate on Mayo’s allegations that there were other boys involved in the sexual assaults whose identities have been covered up by the police, rather than on his direct allegation that Ma’Lik Richmond is innocent and that the girl he raped was willing.
In shocking comments, the president of the Steubenville chapter of the NAACP places the blame for the rape case that has shocked the nation on the 16-year-old victim.
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
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.
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.
Mayo acknowledged his ties to the Richmond family, saying he counseled Richmond when news of an alleged sexual assault began circulating in August. Before Richmond’s arrest, Mayo spoke to him about the allegations.
“Back in August, when the rumors first started going around, I talked to Ma’lik, and he said, ‘No, Mr. Mayo, we didn’t do anything to that girl. I don’t know what these rumors are; I don’t understand it.’”
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.
Naturally Mayo is playing the race card.
“You hear local people saying, ‘We got this out of the way, let us just heal, let the community start to heal.’ It’s like these two were sacrificed, the poor black kid and the white kid who is from the next county, in the next town over, who were sacrificed over all the other dirt and corruption that would be uncovered if you come into Steubenville,” Mayo says.
A white kid and a black kid. Clearly it’s racism.