Serena Williams: teen rape victim ‘lucky’

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Tennis champion Serena Williams is facing an angry backlash after suggesting that a teenage rape victim ‘‘shouldn’t have put herself in that position’’ and was ‘‘lucky’’ not to have been further injured in a crime that transfixed the US.

The world’s top-ranked women’s player questioned why the 16-year-old victim, who was raped by two high school footballers at a party in Steubenville in August last year, was so drunk at the time that she couldn’t remember what had happened.

In an interview with US magazine Rolling Stone, Williams said: ‘‘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.”
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