"The sentiment at the time was that either my mom and I were gold-digging liars, or that [my mom] was terrible, perhaps neglectful, perhaps had sent me knowing [what would happen], or was somehow okay with it. There was no 'poor victim' aspect." Even the judge in the case described Sam as a girl who "looks older than her years," while Polanski's probation report suggested that "the victim was not only physically mature, but willing," presumably because it's okay to rape 13-year-olds as long as they're sufficiently attractive.
Sure, she looks like the sort of mature woman whom 44-year-old men should be hitting on.
But at least they admitted that it was a crime, which is more than many observers did. "They were saying I was a drug user [and] dealer. People called the house and asked if we were prostitutes. What little mercy I got for being 13, they just loaded all of that onto my mother. She was the 'worst mom in the world.'"