Tennis pro Serena Williams is under fire after allegedly making some rather inflammatory comments about the 16-year-old Steubenville, Ohio rape victim.
During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Williams allegedly told the publication, “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,” Williams explained.
After being slammed for suggesting that the victim could be to blame for being raped, Serena issued this apology on her website.
“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.
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,” Serena added.
Back in August of 2012, two high school football players sexually assaulted a 16-year-old and photographed it. The two players were convicted in March for raping the girl.
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