Serena Williams Apologizes for Steubenville Rape Victim Comments

Serena Williams Apologizes for Steubenville Rape Victim Comments

Serena Williams apologizes for saying that the Steubenville rape victim "shouldn't have put herself in that position" and says she is reaching out to the girl's family.

Published June 19, 2013

Tennis star Serena Williams has apologized for her controversial comments that have put her in hot water regarding the 16-year-old Steubenville rape victim. In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Williams said the victim "shouldn't have put herself in that position" the night she was raped after a party.

Williams' quotes drew outrage on Tuesday, resulting in Williams issuing an apology Wednesday about "what I supposedly said." 

In a statement she expressed, "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."

Williams also said she has spent her career fighting for women's rights.

"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 go out to the rape victim. In this case, most especially, to an innocent 16-year-old child."

Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, were convicted for raping the girl in March.

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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