SerenaTennis star Serena Williams caused quite a stir when she shared her thoughts to Rolling Stone on the Steubenville, Ohio rape case. Williams had originally been quoted victim-blaming, stating that the girl had invited the assault by taking drinks from the rapists. After receiving a slew of backlash, she posted an apology on her blog:

“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.”

Now the family of the 16 year old victim is speaking up — and not against the French open winner. The family says they are ‘proud’ of Williams for being able to muster up an apology.

“We just read Serena’s updated comments and we’re proud of her for correcting and clarifying her prior statements,” the family said in a statement issued on their behalf by attorney Bob Fitzsimmons. “We are sure Serena has and will continue to use her God-given talents to advance women’s equality and send the message that rape is never acceptable under any circumstance.”

“We are fans of Serena and will continue rooting for many more championships but more importantly watching her advance the cause of rape victims who are never to blame.”

Williams has survived the spit fire of the media and earns praise for being able to step up and admit that she was wrong. That’s laudable, given the past fauxpology that was offered to the public in regards to Rick Ross’ date rape lyrics.

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  • Child, Please

    She gave a half-assed apology; I mean she pretty much is no different than Lil’ Wayne in his “acknowledgement” of the Emmett Till family. And then to try and put it off on Rolling Stone by insinuating that she was misquoted. That’s terrible for someone to try to do and it knocks of the sincerity of her apology (that I’m sure wouldn’t have come had she not been criticized for her comments). I’m glad the family handled it well and took a different position than what you normally see in high profile cases like this.

  • mEE

    what does she mean, “what I supposedly said”? So did you say it or not? I would assume if you DIDN’T then you wouldn’t apologize and you’d be very clear that the publication misquoted you. KMT. woman up and make a real apology, with no caveats.

  • bob

    take care of yourself , this world is full of not so nice people. At the end of the day its sad to say that I will always advise my little sister not to get crazy drunk in a party atmosphere never unless you are 96% sure you will be safe cause this world is not safe for anybody. teenagers should not be drinking. if i ever have a daughter I will advise her on the dangers of drinking. if I ever have a son I will talk to him about what consent is and if the line is blurry dont take that risk because as a man society puts the responsibility on you to make the right decision. It is never no ones fault that a rapist raped you , but there are actions that you took or made that make you an easier target, easy prey for the predators and we should teach our young ladies not to be easy targets , and make sure young men and women understand consent.

  • bob

    that girl made herself an easy target she made mistakes that led to her drinking till she was passed out and an easy target for those rapist. At 16 you should have the common sense to not get into a situation like that. those boys knew that sticking their wewees in an unresponsive woman was wrong. maybe they did not think of it as violent rape , but they knew it was wrong.

  • Lola

    Damage control but it’s too late. She blamed the victim and her PR team can’t turn back time.

    The only way to prevent rape and other sexual harassment is to educate boys AND girls – as many women, like Serena, are still accomplice of the patriarcal and sexist system that create the rapists.

    In countries like Egypt, even women who wear the burqa are sexually harassed in the street. Why? Because instead of educating men our patriarcal societies prefer to blame women because they are seen as Jezebels. It’s always the woman’s fault even when she’s the victim.