Serena Williams Has a Few Words for Steubenville Rape Survivor

“Serena Williams Decides to Speak Out on the Steubenville Rape.”  When I read the headline, I expected to hear the tennis superstar standing up against sexual violence.  What I saw was some of the most blatant and disappointing victim-blaming.  Frankly, it saddens me when very famous and influential people miss opportunities to spread positive messages to potentially bring about change.  In this case, Serena is spreading hate.  — What are your thoughts here?

 “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.”

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