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Serena Williams Denies Stubenville Rape Quotes

Serena Williams

Serena Williams should be celebrating her recent win over Maria Sharapova at the French Open finals, but instead the dominant tennis champ is defending herself against quotes that she calls “insensitive and hurtful.” Williams appeared in Rolling Stone Magazine, that published an article with the following quote, as reported by Stephen Rodrick:

“Do you think it was fair, what they got? They did something stupid, but I don’t know. 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. 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.”

Serena denied that she made the remarks and posted this message on her blog:

“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.”

The two high school students who were involved in the rape scandal were convicted of rape and sentenced to at least a year in a juvenile detention center.

Read more about the Stubenville Rape case, here: Girls Of Steubenville Shame Victim & More

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