In a recent interview with ‘Rolling Stone,’ tennis player Serena Williams weighed in with her two cents on the morals of the 16-year-old Steubenville rape victim, the effectiveness of the teen’s parents and whether the punishment the two accused rapists received was “fair,” reports Deadspin.com.
Read Serena’s response below:
We watch the news for a while, and the infamous Steubenville rape case flashes on the TV—two high school football players raped a 16-year-old, while other students watched and texted details of the crime. Serena just shakes her head. “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.”
As previously reported, Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, were sentenced to at least a year in juvenile jail after text messages, social media posts and online photos and video suggested that they sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl who was extremely intoxicated.
Testimony from other party-goers found that the duo did commit rape.
“They kept telling me I was a hassle and they took care of me,” the victim testified. “I thought I could trust him (Mays) until I saw the pictures and video.”
The case became a lightning rod in the dialogue surrounding rape culture, and led to calls for a shift in focus from victim-blaming to educating potential attackers not to rape.
This could be a case of the world’s top tennis player sticking her foot in her mouth again.