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State director: Serena's comments typical

June 19, 2013

STEUBENVILLE -- The statewide director of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence said this morning comments made by tennis star Serena Williams are typical in today's culture where blame is ofte......

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Jun-21-13 12:21 PM

I believe if you read the first line of my recent comment you would have seen that I stated no woman should be raped and I do not condone any form of sexual assault. My point was if the young woman had been sober and/or home at a reasonable hour she more than likely would not have found herself in such a position. I would also still say she apparently never asked for assistance, called her parents, or 911. I just feel she bears some of the responsibility herself as well as the young men who are incarcerated.

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Jun-20-13 11:37 AM

Ericae. While entitled to your opinion I think your wrong. Even if she did as you say get rip roaring drunk, she didn't deserve to be raped. If we use your analogy then what your saying is if this young woman was at a party and had a seizure and passed out. It would be OK to rape her. I mean come on. She put herself in that position right. Your wrong. Even if she did get rip roaring drunk she should've been helped and taken care of. Just because a young woman is passed out doesn't give anyone the right to sexually molest or rape them.

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Jun-19-13 4:32 PM

While I do not condone the perpetrators in any manner nor do I believe any woman should be raped I think it is still a fact that this girl placed herself in a bad situation. She has paid dearly for a bad decision, but it seems as though she does bear some responsibility as well as the young men. She chose to be rip, roaring drunk, out well into the wee hours, and apparently made no attempt to ask for help or call her parents. A whole series of misguided people set up this fiasco.

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Jun-19-13 1:56 PM

We just hope the young girl who was so violently raped and treated worse than an animal does not read or hear about Serena Williams comments. This victim has been through enough that will most likely affect her life forever. Apparently Serena does not know the whole story about this horrific case. It is more about abuse of power, the high school football team were considered the elite, they felt entitled to do what ever they wanted and they felt they could get away with it because they were on the Big Red Team. Plus this investigation is not over yet, more people could be charged with covering it up. We hope that Serena Williams has the heart to tell the young rape victim that she is sorry. Rape is rape!

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail****, "SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) We also have members who were molested, rabbis, bishops, teachers, coaches, in athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.

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