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Rachel Jeantel sat down with CNN recently to discuss the case that made her a household name. In addition to speaking about her transformation since the end of the trial she also shared why she blames herself partially for the Zimmerman verdict and what words she’d like to say to him [Zimmerman] today.

CNN: Were you blaming yourself when George Zimmerman went free.

RJ: A little bit.

CNN: Did you think you should have said something different, or acted differently.

RJ: Yeah, act different.

CNN: You think the jurors didn’t take you seriously?

RJ: They judged how they talk how they look, how they dress.

CNN: And they were judging you?

RJ: Yes.

CNN also interviewed Rod Vereen, the man who took Jeantel under his wing after the trial and made sure she got the services she needed. Vereen said that Jeantel was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder so they found her counseling. And at the time of the trial she was barely able to read and write above a third grade level and so he enrolled her in tutoring. And as we reported, Jeantel recently graduated high school. 

Jeantel told CNN that was one of the good things to come out of the trial, it forced her to complete this goal. “I kept my word to Trayvon that I would do this.”

And then they asked her what she would say to Zimmerman if she had a chance to speak to him.

“You know he did wrong and he got to man up to it. To me, you’re not a man. George Zimmerman’s not a man. That’s still a little boy with a grown body.”

You can watch the complete Rachel Jeantel interview in the video below.


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