Tennis Legend Serena Williams Says Steubenville Victim “Shouldn’t Have Put Herself in That Position.” What?

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June 21, 2013 by gabnormal

In a recent Rolling Stone article, tennis master Serena Williams made one of the worst victim-blaming comments possible towards the victim in the Steubenville rape case.

“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.”

Really? Really, Serena? You’re a role model for women and young girls everywhere, and you’re blaming a 16-year-old who was raped by two high school football players for putting “herself in that position”?

Let me start with this: it is never the victim’s fault. Ever. In any case of rape/sexual assault. The fact that this young girl was drunk does not excuse the actions of her peers.

Women everywhere, underage or not, should not be fearful when they go out to a bar or a party. They should not watch the amount that they drink solely out of the fear that they will be taken advantage of and assaulted. This should all be common knowledge by now, especially to a 31-year-old female.

Which just adds insult to injury. This has happened before, where women have taken this stance against other women who have been sexually assaulted, and it’s sad. It’s one of the saddest things, when women can’t even look to each other for safety and support in the face of such traumatizing and violating acts of violence.

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