Serena Williams quickly offered an apology for her comments about a teenage rape victim, as the Western media began to pounce on her comments. In her apology said that the Steubenville rape case shocked and saddened her. According to Williams, what was written about what she supposedly said is insensitive and hurtful, and she would never say or insinuate that the victim was at all to blame. Stating that it is a `horrible tragedy` for a person to be raped, and at such a young age, Williams further said that both the families of the rape victims and the accused have had to suffer the consequences, adding that she is currently reaching out to the girl`s family to let her know that she is sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. Stating that she had fought in her entire career for women`s equality , rights, respect in their fields, Williams also said that she has done everything that she can to support women, adding that her prayers and support will always go out to the rape victim.
The actual Steubenville incident involved two high school football players in Steubenville Ohio, Trent Mays and Ma'Lik Richmond. The boys were each sentenced to a year in juvenile jail in March for the rape. The players were busted after bragging about the events in an online video. Details of the incident involve a young girl who had drunken herself unconscious was taken by the teenage boys from one party, photographed nude and semi-nude, and taken to a basement where one of the boys, Mays, tried to make her perform oral sex. The girl ended up being digitally penetrated vaginally by Ma'lik Richmond and Trent Mays, two players from the celebrated high school football team. The case gained widespread attention in part because of the callousness with which other students used social media to gossip about it. The trial judge found ruled that it was impossible for the impaired girl to have given consent. May received an additional years for his social media activity.
Did Serena blame the victim? We'll find out once that article comes out. But her comments are pithy and worth listening to by young folks that drinking themselves into a stupor or worst unconsciousness. The young men acted criminally and she acknowledge that, she just felt than as a woman, one has to try and carry oneself to prevent fools from acting foolishly and by being that drunk, one invites trouble, especially from drunken teenage boys. Taking responsible to one's action is anathema it American society, this includes sometimes both victim and victimizer. Serena's words gave us something to think about as she reminds us one needs to act and carry oneself responsibly.