An Open Letter From UniteWomen.org to Serena Williams
While my anger and disbelief did not subside, I soon moved to sadness. Do you live in such a protected bubble that you would blame the victim of rape and excuse the perpetrators? Many have joined you in this victim blaming…unfortunately that is the culture in which we live. Your contribution to this culture as a role model for girls and women makes your comment more damaging to a young girl and so many like her who have been raped and made to question their role in that rape.
It is also puzzling that you would have this stance considering the mission of your own foundation.
“Funding and creating programs that will provide counseling, care (foster care and day care), housing, food, and education to youth who have been affected by violent crimes throughout the United States.”
What a girl or woman wears, what she drinks, where she goes is never consent to rape. I ask that you take the effort to learn about the rampant rape culture to which you have contributed.