Serena Williams has apologized for making controversial statements where she supposedly blamed the Steubenville rape victim for exposing herself to the criminal assault.
Back in March, two boys were convicted for raping a drunk 16-year old girl and snapping pics of her naked body. When Serena Williams was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine and the news piece played to her, Serena was reportedly ‘wondering aloud why the boys’ juvenile detention was fair’.
‘I’m not blaming the girl, but if you’re a 16-year-old and you’re drunk like that, your parents should teach you: Don’t take drinks from other people,’ the tennis legend was quoted by the mag as saying. ‘She’s 16, why was she that drunk where she doesn’t remember? It could have been much worse. She’s lucky. Obviously, I don’t know, maybe she wasn’t a virgin, but she shouldn’t have put herself in that position, unless they slipped her something, then that’s different.’
Well her comments did not go down well with the victim’s advocates, who felt that Serena was placing the blame on the victim. But in a bid to clarify the situation, Serena released a statement on her website:
‘What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened. For someone to be raped, and at only sixteen, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved – that of the rape victim and of the accused. I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. 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.
I have fought all of my career for women’s equality, women’s equal rights, respect in their fields – anything I could do to support women I have done. My prayers and support always goes out to the rape victim. In this case, most especially, to an innocent sixteen year old child.’
Is this statement an apology? Besides, we don’t see anything wrong with her controversial statement. She pointed out the obvious: Girls, DON’T put yourselves in a position where you’ll be assaulted … especially in a nightclub!