A member of the Steubenville NAACP is claiming an article by the International Business Times is false when it claims he told them he blamed the victim of the Steubenville rape trial for the assault.
Royal Mayo tells WTRF.com he "absolutely never said that," in reference to claims made in the article. In the article, Mayo also claims that other teens involved that night were let off easy, because they were "well-connected."
The NAACP released the following statement on Thursday: "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 acquaintance to rape." The NAACP advocates strongly for a society where victims of rape and sexual assault came come forward and seek legal redress without further retribution from the community, media or society at large."