Serena Williams Denies Calling Steubenville Rape Victim ‘Lucky’
Serena Williams was the target of a lot of rage online (including some from me) yesterday in response to a quote from her Rolling Stone profile in which she blames the 16-year-old victim in last year’s Steubenville rape case. In a not-so-shocking move, Williams has released a statement on her own website.
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.
Williams isn’t apologizing for what she said, she’s flat out denying it. This is an interesting PR move, given that I highly doubt Rolling Stone would print Williams’ quote unless she was on tape saying it. So how will RS defend itself? The proverbial (tennis) ball is in their court.