Serena apologizes again to rape victim

Last week, Serena Williams drew the ire of many when she
made an insensitive remark about the
victim’s role in the Steubenville (Ohio) High School rape
case during an interview with
Rolling Stone.

Then Williams doubled up on the public outrage with a
controversial half-apology that essentially passed the blame for
the remarks to Stephen Rodrick, the journalist
who wrote the feature on Williams for the
magazine.

Still facing backlash for her handing of the situation, Williams

released a follow-up statement to her website
Monday, on the eve of her first-round matchup with Mandy Minella at
Wimbledon, and this one sounds more like the apology most expected
her to offer in the first place.

The statement reads:

“I am deeply sorry for my insensitive and misinformed
comments. It was not my intention to cause the victim and her
family any additional pain. But I did, and I am sorry. I am
grateful to them for the opportunity to personally apologize, and I
am humbled by their strength, grace, and forgiveness.

“I also want to extend an apology to the millions of
sexual assault victims in America whose pain could have been
compounded by my inappropriate remarks. Rape and all forms of
sexual assault are completely unacceptable, no matter the
circumstances. Sexual assault perpetrated against women and men is
never acceptable and *never* the fault of the
victim.”

In addition to Monday’s statement, Williams also issued a
second apology Sunday, during her pre-Wimbledon news conference,
telling reporters:

“I apologize for everything that was said in that article.
I feel like you say things without having all the information.
It’s really important before you make certain comments to
have a full list, have all the information, all the facts. I
reached out to the family [of the Steubenville rape victim]
immediately once the article came out, and I had a really
productive, sincere conversation with the mother and the daughter.
We came to a wonderful understanding, and we’re constantly in
contact.”