Serena apologizes again to rape victim

Last week, Serena Williams drew the ire of many when she

href="http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/serena-williams-reportedly-makes-ill-advised-comment-about-steubenville-rape-case-061813"

target="_blank">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

href="http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/serena-williams-the-great-one-20130618"

target="_blank">who wrote the feature on Williams for the

magazine.

Still facing backlash for her handing of the situation, Williams

target="_blank">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,

href="http://tennis.si.com/2013/06/23/serena-says-she-apologized-to-sharapova-steubenville-victim/"

target="_blank">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.”