Serena Williams caught in rape case controversy
TENNIS ace Serena Williams has been caught in controversy after saying a rape victim shouldn’t have been as drunk as she was during the incident.
Her comments concerned a rape case in Steubenville in the US state of Ohio, where two high school footballers were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party.
One of those convicted was also handed an additional year’s sentence for photographing the victim naked.
The case divided the proud football community, with many rallying around the accused and blaming the victim as she had been drunk.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Williams gave her thoughts on the 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 said.
"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, unless they slipped her something, then that's different."