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Serena’s comments about Steubenville rape case draws ire—and support

Serena’s comments about Steubenville rape case draws ire—and support

It seems Serena Williams is never too far from controversy. Usually, it’s related to her emotional displays on the tennis court, but this time, it’s about what she said off the court. 

In an interview in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, first reported by DeadSpin, Serena makes comments about the Steubenville rape case saying:

“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.”

Wow!! These comments are explosive to say the least. Of course this has caused a myriad of backlash–and yes–even some support.

If you don’t remember, several boys from a high school in Steubenville, OH were convicted of rape after partying with another high chool teenage girl. The boys were charged with rape after they allegedly manually penetrated her and took pictures of the incident while she was blacked-out from drunking. They then sent the pictures out via social media. 

While I can understand what Serena was trying to say, I think the way she expressed it will not be well received. I think she was trying to speak to personal responsibility and making good choices. However, there is never a reason or excuse for a woman being raped, even if she doesn’t make good choices. 

Some fans think she went too far seemingly blaming the girl for getting raped. Other fans say she speaks to both the wrong of the rape and the unsafe position the girl put herself in by getting drunk.

Whatever happens, I’m sure she’ll feel the heat from this, which is sure to welcome her in London for Wimbeldon.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

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