Tennis 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.