Serena Williams On Steubenville Rape Victim: She Was Too Drunk

Wed, June 19, 2013 10:01am EST by 16 Comments
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Where’s the compassion, Serena? In a new interview, the Wimbledon winner said that the victim of the Steubenville, Ohio rape case should not have gotten so drunk, and she shouldn’t have ‘put herself in that position.’

Serena Williams made a number of controversial remarks about the Steubenville, Ohio rape case in a new interview with Rolling Stone. Serena suggested that the 16-year-old girl, who was tragically raped by two classmates, only has herself to blame because she was drunk. Serena said the girl “shouldn’t have put herself in that position,” and she chastises the girl’s parents for not teaching her the perils of drinking alcohol.

Serena Williams On Steubenville Rape Victim: It’s Her Fault For Being Drunk

Serena, 31, has really stooped to a new low. In the controversial interview, she insists she is not blaming the victim — who cannot be named — but she thinks the 16-year-old girl put herself in an unfortunate position.

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

The five time Wimbledon winner then continued to put her foot in her mouth when she said the girl was “lucky,” because it could have been worse.

“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.”

Did Serena get hit in the head with a tennis ball? There’s no excuse for those boys to have taken advantage of her. And Serena’s statements appear to be insensitive and hurtful to a girl who is nothing but a victim.

People Tweet About Serena William’s Hurtful Comments

Needless to say, a lot of people took to Twitter to slam Serena for her disgraceful comments.

Jamil Smith tweeted: “Pro tip for @serenawilliams or others discussing rape: if ‘I’m not blaming the girl, but…’ exits your mouth, stop there. There is no ‘but.'”

Sabrina Siddiqui: “Disappointing that powerful woman like Serena Williams, who many young girls look up to, blames the victim.”

Kate R: “Seems Serena Williams needs a muzzle. Or compassion for a teenage rape victim?”

Nikki: “As such an incredible role model for women, Serena Williams should be on our side. No one deserves rape.”

Steubenville Rape: Two Boys Convicted

On March 16, Ma’lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, were found guilty of raping their classmate in Steubenville. They were sentenced to one and two years in juvenile detention, respectively, for their crime.

They raped the severely intoxicated high school student, and then swapped pictures and stories of the incident online.

Both boys have since apologized for the crime, and the victim’s mother was so gracious — she actually forgave them. Somehow, I doubt Serena will be forgiven for her totally insensitive comments.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Are you shocked that Serena would say something so insensitive and hurtful?

WATCH: Steubenville Rape Trial Verdict Expected

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Posted at 3:22 AM on January 9, 2014  

Incredible that a woman would attribute to women the capacity to make choices… That is insanely brave of her.

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Posted at 10:49 PM on June 19, 2013  

What a BACKWARD press we have. If anything, Serena’s comment should promote a discussion about what should we all be doing about this horrific crime that happens too often instead of concerning ourselves with what she thought about it. NO media should use Serena as a reason to switch the topic from what we need do as a country/society.

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kelley myers

Posted at 2:21 PM on June 19, 2013  

Quit trying to lie on Serena she did not say the girl deserve to be rape she was saying dont drink and get put in that situation. Parents need to teach their kids about drinking and drugs. the two men definitetly should not have rape her.

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Shut your mouth

Posted at 1:19 PM on June 19, 2013  

Serena needs to be keep on taking his female hormones…so as to fool the National Tennis Association that he is a woman……fugly azz tranny!

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Posted at 12:22 PM on June 19, 2013  

Serena got the point, Girls should be more aware of their surroundings,

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Posted at 12:19 PM on June 19, 2013  

JT I couldn’t agree more…these comments are just as out of line as Serena’s comment, which leads me to believe she is the one posting all of them (or members of her “entourage” or whatever).

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Posted at 12:10 PM on June 19, 2013  

Just when I didn’t think there could be any more proof that Serena is a man, she gives it. How stupid?! People make mistakes but rape as a punishment is beyond horrendous. She was drunk but so were others & a message needs to be sent out that no matter what the circumstances, rape is never condoned. I actually can’t believe what I’m reading in some of these comments!!

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Posted at 3:17 PM on June 19, 2013  

I don’t believe she was implying that being raped was her fault or condoning it, but that if it is possible (obviously it isnt always possible) to avoid situations where you can be taken advantage of in that way you should definitely be taking the precautions to do so. those boys were wrong and deserve what they get because rape is not ok, but there is also something to be learned on her end as well something her parents should have been talking to her about at 16, and that is the dangers of drinking to the point where you have no control over your own actions and the dangerous situations that can arise from a choice like that. My mother had those conversations with me and you didnt catch me in a room full of horny 16 year old boys that had been drinking while I’m so drunk I didnt know what was happening because I didnt know the true character of anybody in the room. Parents need to stop trying to be their kids besties and be parents. hope she heals emotionally and is able to move on from that trumatic situation and lead a full and normal life. I am definitely sorry that happened to her.

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Posted at 9:47 PM on June 27, 2013  

You guys have totally missed the point one of you said her actions….what exactly did you.think those actions were? I mean seriously this girl was drinking the boys were all wasted.she wasn’t raped in fact I don’t think she it bothered her until she saw it on YouTube and knew everyone else including mommy and daddy would see it.parents need to talk to not only their daughters but to their sons as well as a warning about those types of girls.Serioulsy people wake up and smell the damn coffee….I wonder will she call them in 2 years or 10 years to apologize for what she put them through.Or will someone go back over the case and see that he boys are not just at fault but her as well.everyone will soon realize that all of.them were drinking and if her actions were because she was torned up….so were theirs.OMG we let girls get away with so much because we’ve spent so many years going through stuff.They didn’t deserve what they got and I feel so.bad for.their parents because their kids had to grow.up and.accept responsibility for some little girl taking off her clothes. And not liking the ending result a hangover and a YouTube video.for those of you with sons is this what you will tell him..
.will you.still believe in he same thing when its your child….or.will you sentence.him yourself.As kids we make mistakes how many can say that mistake we made as a kid didn’t have long term consequences or we’ve tried to cover them up for as.long as we could.

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Posted at 11:40 AM on June 19, 2013  

I applaud Serena for saying what women wont say.I also blame the public for not saying.Now is the so called victim in a rehab because whoosomeone that drunk to where you start taking off your clothes that’s where you need to be.Also your the only girl who goes none.of your friends go.And her mother was she charged with giving underage kids nit just her daughter a litre of vodka.Lets be serious as the mother of two boys and one daughter I was so upset at the decision of the Ohio court system for not taking into the account the actions of not just the players but hers as well.Not to mention that everyone was drunk not just her but everyone.They are kids and to me this was not rape but something that once she sobered up she was not proud of and when kids do something that mommy or daddy might.find out about they they much rather look like the” victim”.And for those feminist and women who’ve been raped or mistreated sexually.Lets not blame Every man for what may have been your stupid choose or theirs for what happenedto you.Remember that every situation is different.She was not gang raped. She is not a victim.And yes she did bring this on herself.o and for you ones who obviously don’t know what rape means let me be clear for you look it up none of which happened to her.then leave a reply.Thank you Serena Williams for realizing that while we must defend our daughters don’t forget about our sons even if sometimes one or the other or both do stupid things….her foot in her mouth please.She said what others were thinking.Lucky it wasn’t one of my boys Ohio.and again thank you Serena.please do not retract your statement this was way too harsh of a punishment for kids who got drunk along with the one society calls a victim.

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Posted at 11:39 AM on June 19, 2013  


Posted at 11:04 AM on June 19, 2013  

I think the only reason people had a problem with what Serena Williams said is because she is black, a celebrity and because they themselves lack wisdom. Yes, it is a tragedy that this young lady was raped however, Serena told it like it is. At the end of the day we must all access our behavior and see whether we are inadvertently putting ourselves at harm’s way. Also,the child’s parents are to blame because they didn’t arm their daughter with information on the perils of drinking and what could happen because your impaired. It’s imperative to talk to our children,be involved with them, know there whereabouts and to have conversations with them on how they can arm themselves in various situations, so they can be protected when they are not under the watchful eye of their parents. So, yes Serena told it like it is and that how parents should be talking to their children, truthfully and realistically. Big up to Serena, more celebrities should speak out on stories like this one, it was a teachable moment for many! Well, done Serena, a hero on and off the court. Speak up and speak out because it takes a village to raise a child and our children need information and our help!

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Posted at 10:42 AM on June 19, 2013  

Reblogged this on News and Gossip today..

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Posted at 10:22 AM on June 19, 2013  

SERENA IS DEAD RIGHT!!!!! There are some topics you just have to be straight and real with!! and that child(cause she is a child at 16) has no business being at such parties where alcohol is flowing to even become so drunk that you have no idea where you are or what’s going on. and she IS very lucky cause these days it could have been MUCH MUCH WORSE!

Rape is wrong…but we have to learn to avoid putting ourselves in situations that lead to this misfortunes. Even if we say it could happen anywhere at anytime there are instances and situations that can most definitely be avoided…and this was one of them.

At 16 alcohol should not be on your agenda!! at all!!

Time we stop making excuses and address the problems face forward. However, I believe the men involved should have been given a much harder sentence. This too is nonsense!

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Posted at 10:21 AM on June 19, 2013  

I agree that girl shouldn’t have drank so much alcohol. As women we need to be aware of our surrounding because you never know who could take advantage of you but that still doesn’t make what happened to this girl her fault. She’s young and made an error in judgement that many young people make, drinking when you’re too young and not knowing your limits. It is unbelievable that a celebrity female role model would say that the girl is at fault for her rape. And what does it matter if she was a virgin or not, rape is rape. They are nothing but disgusting, perverted, monsters who got an easy deal for destroying this girls life

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Posted at 10:15 AM on June 19, 2013  

she simply asked for it…………………..

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