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Serena Williams talks to Steubenville rape victim; Family of Steubenville rape victim thanks Serena

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Serena Williams reached out to the family of a victim in a rape case after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying “she shouldn’t have put herself in that position.”

Serena Williams apologizes for Steubenville rape case comments

Williams, in England preparing for Wimbledon, spoke to the victim of the Steubenville, Ohio case, her mother and a family lawyer for about 30 minutes on Wednesday, the lawyer said.

“Serena was very nice, very sincere and it was a very well-received conversation among two women and a young lady,” attorney Bob Fitzsimmons said on Thursday.


Williams apologized in a statement released through her agent on Wednesday.

“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,” the statement said. “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.”

The comment was made in one paragraph of a long story posted online on Tuesday about Williams. The 16-time Grand Slam winner is coming off a French Open title and is ranked No. 1 entering Wimbledon, which starts next week.

"We are sure Serena has & will continue to use her God given talents to advance women’s equality and send the message that rape is never acceptable."
The victim’s family welcomed Williams’ apology in its own statement on Wednesday, saying it was “proud of her” for the updated remarks.

source: national post

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