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Serena Williams On Steubenville Rape Victim: ‘She Shouldn’t Have Put Herself In That Position’

Foot-In-Mouth Disease appears to be rampant nowadays.  Yesterday, it was Lil Wayne and the US Flag situation.  Now, I think Serena Williams might have a bit of explaining to do.  During an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Serena made some controversial comments regarding the Steubenville Rape case, where a 16 year old girl was raped by two teenage boys after getting drunk and passing out at a party.

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“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.”

To me, if you have a statement where you say something like “I’m not so-and-so, BUT…” then the rest of the statement is pretty much the opposite of what you said first.  She said she wasn’t blaming the girl, but then proceeds to blame her.  And when you’re talking about cases of rape, victim blaming is very dangerous.  I feel like that’s the reason some rapes don’t get reported. The victim doesn’t want to be blamed for allowing it to happen to them.  The interview itself is a decent one but that section right there kind of took the wind out of it’s sails.  But is she the only one who feels this way?  What do you think about her comments?

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11 Comments

  1. She has now backtracked on this statement…

  2. Whether this girl was a virgin or not and regardless if she had no drink, one drink, or 50 drinks that does not give anyone the right to touch her in anyway. Those young men are old enough to know better or should have been taught better. Those young boys took advantage of the situation and also videotaped it. But, I guess Serena expects boys to act like that and girls to know that boys will be boys.
    I teach my son just as I do my daughter.
    Here is the conversation I have had with my son 1. don’t ever force yourself on any female 2. if a female is drunk and says she wants to have sex – tell her you will see her later when she sobers up and leave. 3. If a woman is too drunk to realize what is going on. Get someone to come and get her and stay far away. Actually, there were 15 points, but I am sure you get what I was getting at.

    • Great points!

    • Preach.

      It’s sad that a woman is blaming the victim. Why didn’t she ask those boys why they felt the need not only to assault the girl, but to document it and share the photos. Why didn’t Serena discuss their responsibilities.

      We need to do a better job raising our young boys.

    • Amen sista

    • I don’t think she gets that you can’t ask to be rape, no matter what the situation is. If you did not consent, it’s rape, and that a woman passed out from drinking is definitely not in a state to consent.

      There are a lot of people who sadly think it’s the girl’s fault, including those boys, and that’s why they felt comfortable posting it online thinking it was humorous and not rape. We have to teach our sons to protect women in these situations, and how to properly protect women in these situations.

  3. What was she thinking?

  4. All Serena did was tell the non political correct truth!

    • I know you’re just saying this for attention, but I will entertain it for a moment. Surely you’re not implying that all women who “put themselves” in that situation are asking to be raped…because that’s what you’re implying when you agree with Serena’s statement. What happened to honor and valor, protecting those most vulnerable in a hostile environment? What happened to doing the right thing? I don’t understand how her choices justify gang rape. I don’t understand how her choices allowed her to be raped because she could have been raped regardless. Rape is a violent crime against others. Women, children, and even men can’t invite rape.

      Just because someone leaves their keys in the car doesn’t give you the right to take it. You will still go to jail for theft because of your immoral actions. No matter what a woman does to her body, that doesn’t give anyone else the right to violate it. PERIOD!!!

  5. I would have not expected her to say something so trite. WOW

  6. I think her statements were totally out of line..

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