Serena Williams Sorry After Rape Case Comment


Serena Williams says she’s reaching out to the family of the victim in the Steubenville rape case after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying “she shouldn’t have put herself in that position.”

In a statement released through her agent Wednesday, Williams says: “What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.”

Two players from the celebrated Steubenville, Ohio, high school football team were convicted in March of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl; one of the boys was ordered to serve an additional year for photographing the girl naked. The case gained widespread attention in part because of the callousness with which other students used social media to gossip about it.

William’s comment was made in one paragraph of a lengthy story posted online Tuesday about Williams, a 16-time Grand Slam title winner who is ranked No. 1 heading into Wimbledon, which starts next week.

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  • alreadydoingsomthing

    What happens to free speech. Its the true. If she had killed someone she would have been an adult. Still not old enough to be drinking. Results of not being educated properly. Serena said what needed to be said. The world we live in is not safe… True but parents need to be responsible. Leave her alone. Everytime someone tells the truth there is going to be a propbem.

    • bsbfankaren

      I’m not really sure what killing someone has to do with the case in question, since clearly no one is dead. However, what should be the issue is, simply put, why is a female solely responsible for what other’s decide to do to her simply because she chooses to drink alcohol? And why isn’t there more time and attention put to the fact that no male has the right to take a female’s decision to have sex away from her, simply because she is intoxicated? While free speech dictates that Serena Williams can say what she pleases, there is nothing in that Constitutional Right that also dictates that anyone has to like it, or that anyone has to fall silent when they disagree with someone statement.

  • bsbfankaren

    I find it interesting that the parents of the victim are to blame when their daughter is victimized, but apparently Ms, Williams and other’s don’t feel the need to blame the victimizers parents for not better educating their son’s about a woman’s right to choose, both to drink if she wants to, or to have sex if she wants to? At what point will we as a society choose to teach young men that just because a young woman is intoxicated does not provide them with a free pass to victimize her? At what point will we teach our young men that their brains and their genitalia are not when in the same? Then again, that would likely require that their father’s, uncle’s and brother’s learn that same lesson I suppose.

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