Serena Responds To Backlash From her [email protected] Comments

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serena beachBy Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses

The media has been buzzing since Serena was reported to have made some comments and asked some questions about a very high profile [email protected] case.

I still maintain that Serena did not need to issue an apology but I also predicted that she would. Serena is a very high profile female athlete and she has an image to maintain.  Her comments were not only manipulated and taken out of context, but they also “got away from her”. It was wise of her to clarify what she was saying.

Serena took to her blog to issue a statement which I felt was necessary. It was not necessary for her to apologize but it was certainly important for her to clarify what she was saying and make sure that it was clear that she was not trying to blame or offend anyone.

What the media has done is made it seem as though she is insensitive and wrongly blamed the 16 year old girl who was violated. Serena was not blaming the girl and was actually asking some important questions. The guilt of the [email protected] does not nullify the  questions and that is why I stand behind Serena.

No one deserves to be [email protected], of course but even if a [email protected] takes place, the questions still remain; why was a 16 year old girl drinking? Why were a group of teenagers having a party with alcohol AND no parental supervision? Why was the “[email protected]” being video-taped and the girl not being assisted? W e still need answers.

Those who have attacked Serena  should consider that when an older sister or another person who cares about a young woman offers her some advice, she is not blaming her.  We can not find fault with someone who is kind enough to say, “this is how things like this can be avoided”. Yes, maybe the boys would have [email protected] her anyway, because that is just who they are [email protected], but it is still worth considering that the probability of such things happening can be reduced if we advise young women to be proactive about their own conduct. Saying things could have been different is not the same as saying she deserved  it or that the boys’ actions were justified.

Serena’s statement is below:

“What happened in Steubenville was a real shock for me. I was deeply saddened. For someone to be [email protected], and at only sixteen, is such a horrible tragedy! For both families involved – that of the [email protected] victim and of the accused. I am currently reaching out to the girl’s family to let her know that I am deeply sorry for what was written in the Rolling Stone article. What was written – what I supposedly said – is insensitive and hurtful, and I by no means would say or insinuate that she was at all to blame.

I have fought all of my career for women’s equality, women’s equal rights, respect in their fields – anything I could do to support women I have done. My prayers and support always goes out to the rape victim. In this case, most especially, to an innocent sixteen year old child.”

Nomalanga helps Black women thrive in their lives and careers. She is a Social Commentator, an Editor at Your Black World , a former College Professor and the reigning Mrs Botswana. Visit Nomalanga’s Facebook page or Follow her on Twitter

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  1. There is no " but" called for after the phrase no one deserves to be raped. If I walk down the street naked with an arrow pointing towards my vagina it still does not give anyone the right to rape me. The fact the girl was drinking is irrelevant to the issue of rape. Underage drinking discussion perhaps, but mentioning she was drinking is part of archaic thought that women are culpable if they " put themselves in that position." Serena expressed a view that has outlived its usefulness and displayed an appalling lack of sensitivity on the subject of sexual violence period.

  2. Phyllis Felton on

    So, I guess Serena reneged on what she previously stated about the young girl and the rape, huh? even though she stated what she believed, because folks had an issue with what she said, she changed it..She didn't owe anybody an apology for speaking what she believed in her heart, after all, she was asked the question so her answer should stand..I hate when people back down, or choke back what they feel, for the sake of someone who doesn't agree with what was said. I feel the same way Serena felt about a 16 year old who can't control what she drinks, and the parents who obviously cannot control the 16 year old drunk! In NO WAY am I in favor of the rapists, and what was done to this girl..However, I think her parents should be held accountable for her presence at that party, AND for the alcohol that she consumed. Unless she was slipped something in her drink, without her knowledge. I think this chick was being "grown," and got herself…yes, I said it…"got herself" into something she could not handle! Serena, stop choking back what you meant, for the sake of others…say what you feel, if you're asked..because, after all, those of us who agree with you, are STILL standing by you!

  3. As a parent , I feel parents should be in control of their child Why would a 16 years girl be out of town alone and parents not awear. Why would a 16 years be drinking. To her parents this wasn't her 1 st time drinking. Why would she be drinking so much until she was unawear where she were or what she was doing. We as a woman much take control of our action.A Man (boy) will go as far as you will allow them Parents need to be real parents to children and not " what ever you want to do parents".

  4. The Interviewing knew what Serena was saying, and those so called Women Whites Groups reminds me of their opposition to schools for black males a few decades ago. They are not for equal rights of rights, don’t be fooled.

    Serena and Venus are American Icons, gracious ladies. They are truly loves and there are a lot of people that are envious of their talent and poise, which borders are hatred. They need to watch what they say. I believe she was truly shocked by everyone behavior there, while by no means did she blame the victim. That is not who she is.

  5. Just responding to the idea of one walking down the street naked with an arrow pointing towards their vagina not giving permission for rape. I am thinking that behavior would be a loud muted cry for help. I do not think Serena was speaking exclusively on the subject of sexual violence, but on vulnerable conditions that attract such atrocities. When we ignore those pitiable conditions we ignorantly permit opportunity for such vile violence. Lets stop hating and publicizing truth spoken in love and understand what is really going on. Evil appears to be winning.

  6. Just responding to the idea of one walking down the street naked with an arrow pointing towards their vagina not giving permission for rape. I am thinking that behavior would be a loud muted cry for help. I do not think Serena was speaking exclusively on the subject of sexual violence, but on vulnerable conditions that attract such atrocities. When we ignore those pitiable conditions we ignorantly permit opportunity for such vile violence. Lets stop hating and publicizing truth spoken in love and understand what is really going on. Evil appears to be winning.

  7. She did not have to apologize; she answered according to what she knew; her opinion; talk about the parents of all involved; what their children have been exposed to all of their lives; their opinions about drinking and sex; they probably have not discussed these issues and now they have these issues.

  8. Serena apologized for what she said about the girl’s rape mainly because she is a public figure (Celebrity) even though what she said was the fact and stated her opinion with regards to the issue. What she said cloud have been said by an ordinary person no one would have careless. Some reason public figures are held in to higher standard and there for force to represent everybody which is an impossible task for everyone to do.
    In my opinion Serena should not apologize for nothing and sister I still support you keep whooping Asses in court.
    Do not cross the road while texting on your phone expecting drivers to lookout for you as some for you do now days. Even though drivers have no right to hit you with their cars but if they happen to hit you, have to be blame too. It’s your life you are responsible for your safety and health. No one but you and you only.
    Lookout get off the phone pay attention to the road its dangerous (no texting and driving or crossing the road). Ho.. sorry your 16 yrs. old no drinking you are under age especially drinking to the extent that you are unaware of your surroundings you could drink yourself to death. Above all freedom comes with responsibilities, are you will to be responsible free person?

    • Charles McGee on

      America? It is a cigarette in one hand and a drone in the other. That is the image young people have that invades their consciousness.

  9. Donielle Prince on

    It's so discouraging that we still have to explain this to so many people. Awareness raising, teachable moment I guess.

  10. You are correct when you say "If I walk down the street naked with an arrow pointing towards my vagina it still does not give anyone the right to rape me." However you must concede that it would be an extremely unwise thing to do, no? I would not hesitate to advise you of the stupidity of this action.

    If I were to take a nap on an inner-city street corner at midnight with hundred dollar bills hanging out of my pockets; if I showed up at a Ku Klux Klan rally in rural Louisiana wearing a Black Power T-shirt and a "death to whitey" button; if I were to walk into a "biker bar" and openly question the masculinity of Harley Davidson riders, it would be completely within my legal rights to do so. It would also be some of the stupidest things I could think of doing because in each of these cases, I would likely become a victim of violent crime.

    If anyone I cared about told me they were planning to do any of these things, I would call them stupid, tell them they would be inviting physical harm, advise them against it, and then let them know that if they were harmed, a significant portion of the responsibility for their tribulation would be their own.

    The fact a criminal may take advantage of one's vulnerability does not absolve one's imprudence in foolishly and willingly playing a role in their own victimization.

  11. Underage drinking is never irrelevant.
    Nothing Serena said suggests that the girl was "culpable." It is simply a fact that a sixteen-year-old girl should not have been intoxicated. Serena should not be held responsible for the INFERENCES other people make.

  12. Of course any young woman has every legal right to get drunk and pass out in the company of any group of drunken young men. She has every right to be unmolested and it would be criminal and immoral for any one of those young men to violate her defenseless person. However you must concede that it would be an extremely unwise thing for her to do, no? I would not hesitate to advise her of the stupidity of this action.

    If I were to take a nap on an inner-city street corner at midnight with hundred dollar bills hanging out of my pockets; if I showed up at a Ku Klux Klan rally in rural Louisiana wearing a Black Power T-shirt and a “death to whitey” button; if I were to walk into a “biker bar” and openly question the masculinity of Harley Davidson riders, it would be completely within my legal rights to do so. It would also be some of the stupidest things I could think of doing because in each of these cases, I would likely become a victim of violent crime.

    If anyone I cared about told me they were planning to do any of these things, I would call them stupid, tell them they would be inviting physical harm, advise them against it, and then let them know that if they were harmed, a significant portion of the responsibility for their tribulation would be their own.

    The fact a criminal may take advantage of one’s vulnerability does not absolve one’s imprudence in foolishly and willingly playing a role in their own victimization.

  13. serena said nothing wrong. i know a lady age 42 out drinking they had to carring her home nine months later she had a baby didn’t know who the father was.

  14. Dr Watkins thinks she didn't need to apologize cause he recently suggested that Black people would rather be drunk that something he thinks they should be doing. Sometimes when we attempt to sit in judgment of others you say some really Dumb Sh*T! She need to own what she said and be held to account and not cuddled.

  15. You know,  to have the philosophy or the simple thought that ” If I walk down the street naked with an arrow pointing towards my vagina it still does not give anyone the right to rape me” is downright stupid in this day and time. Of course it doesn’t give them the right to but at a time when savage behavior is at an all time high, you are asking to be raped!  That’s like saying, ” just because I set my t-bone steak on the floor doesn’t give the dog the right to eat it”.  The dog is not thinking about right or wrong, it’s thinking about serving its appetite.   We are so messed up today that we will criticize Serena for asking legitimate questions.   Don’t you think it would be wise to protect your children from circumstances that would put  them in vulnerable situations?  I do. Teach your daughters to be modest and the dangers of not being so.  Today you have male and female predators and, unfortunately, restraint and self-control is not taught any more.  That’s why that woman  could say such a thing about walking around naked.   She doesn’t want anyone taking advantage of her lack of restraint and expects others to be in  control while she’s out of control.   Sorry, sister.  Act like a savage, inevitably, you’ll attract savages. 

    • I think there’s much truth in your words:
      “She doesn’t want anyone taking advantage of her lack of restraint and expects others to be in control while she’s out of control.”

  16. She was wrong period! She clearly placed the blame on the 16 year old. Should the young lady have been drunk no, but let’s not all get on our high horses as though we NEVER did anything stupid when we were 16. Should she have been raped because of her mistake? NO!!!

  17. If black folks had this much power to make racists like Paula Dean and Rush Limbaugh apologize immediately….most of our problems would be solved!

  18. the fact that we as a society have become so politically correct that we cannot tell young girls and young men the truth is a large part of the problem. I am a strait man but if I choose to hang out at gay bars and drink til I pass out there is a good chance that at some point I am going to be raped. some of yall have good intentions but telling people how it should be is not enough to keep them safe. you have to tell people how the world really is so they know how to protect themselves. so they learn how to live defensively. I am shocked and outraged that so many people are willing to put political correctness ahead of the safety of our young men and women. yes you are correct that nothing a person can do will cause them to deserve to be raped but there is a lot you can do that wil increase the chances that you will be raped. let people know that you have to live a responsible life. if you give that 16 year old girl the impression that it is wise to drink til you pass out she will find herself being raped again and all those who failed to give here the truth because it was not politically correct may as well be holding her arms and pulling her panties to the side because you will be part of the reason she is there. I have four daughters countless nieces and 2 sisters. as far as I am concerned all rapist should be hunted down and shot like dogs. even if we could killem all today a brand new crop would pop up tomorrow. that being the case teach the ones you love, both male and female, how to be safe in a dangerous world. my mom had a fitting term for people who live life without considering the consequences. "FREE TILL YA FOOL" it is a free country. I could choose to stand on the corner late at night and have a few beers with the local drug dealers or gang bangers but chances are sooner or later I will be arrested or shot for making that choice. choices have consequences no matter who you are. if I choose to leave my car running with the doors open and windows down it will eventually get stolen. no matter what the law says somebody is going to take the opportunity that I am providing them to take advantage of me. that is a fact just like abusing drugs and alcohol til the point that you cannot protect yourself will eventually lead to somebody taking advantage of you. everybody is not a priest!!!! never mind they have been known to take advantage also. you politically correct type are handing young girls and young boys to would be rapist on a silver platter. keep crippling the unlearned mentally and the rapist will do the rest. KEEP BELIEVING THAT FOOLISHNESS YOU PREAC AND YOU OR SOMEBODY THAT LISTENS AND OR LOVES YOU WILL PAY THE PRICE.

  19. I agree with her previous statement and do not believe that she needed to issue an apology. I am so sick of people and this politically correct crap. She has the right to say what she wants and for those who do not agree or like it, too darn bad. Suck it up and get over it. You begging me to tell you I am sorry for something I am not is a waste of your time and mine.

  20. Serena was not a participant in the rape incident. She expressed an opinion. Everyone has the right to agree or disagree with what was stated. The unanswered questions must now be addressed by the community so that this does not happen again.

  21. Charles McGee on

    Violation is violation. It even happens in nursing homes and hospitals. The criminal justice system can not repair a violation. It is a permanent event. Women taught me that while in graduate school in the 1970s. Informed consent is required. This American society has not learned that as is exhibited by the abuse within the Catholic church.

    Young men and women need to learn appropriate social behavior, how to comport themselves. As it is they all become victims of a void in our non-informing educational system.

  22. Lynn in town on

    I am glad she clarified what she meant and what was written on her behave. Although, drink and drugs amplifies it, No one deserves to be raped drunk or not!

  23. Tiffany T-Sizzle Lawson on

    Why are we trying to tell girls how not get raped instead of teaching boys NOT TO RAPE?! Seems counterintuitive to me.

  24. coast cooker on

    Serena Williams should be talking about some of those crazy things that the Jehovah’s Witnesses does. She is the first Jehovah’s Witness I know walk around half naked..

    • Your point is irrelevant and an opportunistic attempt to attack someone’s religion just because you disagree with her. Shame on you.

  25. The comments posted reflect too much “blame the assaulted child” mentality – in my opinion.

    The young lady is devastated by this event that happened in her life. And she will have a lot of mental and spiritual work to do…to get herself in a healthy frame of mind – because of the heinous crime that was committed upon her.

    The initial commenter stated if she walked down the street without clothes on….it is NOT AN INVITATION to be assaulted. I agree! Furthermore,If I saw a man or a woman in that situation, [nude on the street]- I would get a blanket to cover them and call 911 because they need some assistance. The person is obviously in distress of some kind.

    So let me bring this home….the problem with what the teenage boys did was – they took advantage of a person in need of assistance. They saw she was unconscious and instead getting an adult to help her — they assaulted her, took dehumanizing pictures of her and shared them with others.

    No child deserved to be treated like this, whether they consumed alcoholic beverages — is not germane to the situation. The bottom line is we are not a society of savages – [email protected], pillaging, and taking advantage of the weak. We help those in distress, not take advantage of their vulnerabilities.

    This next paragraph is my “let’s get real” moment of my commentary —
    A party of 16 year old teenagers, who may sneak alcohol into the party or consume it outside, or before the party is not uncommon. Stop acting like – Oh… this is so rare and the behavior of the girl drinking alcohol is just bad, bad, bad…”tsk,tsk…tsk(smh)”. Let’s get real, our American culture glorifies binge drinking in movies,college campuses, spring break, bachelor/bachelorette parties and brags about being able to “HOLD” our liquor (or not). Even in the more “refined” settings having several cocktails and glasses of wine to relax and enjoy the evening is common stance. So don’t vilify 16 year impressionable youths, when they model back to us what our society purports as ‘acceptable’ behavior for adults, (in some communities that is 18 years old). It is practically a rite of passage to have a story of “when I drank too much” as a teenager/ young adult.

    Lastly, to really make the community THINK…..What if it was a 16 year old boy, who was sodomized by some members of the school’s sports team, under the same circumstances.
    Would you see the boy as a victim? or
    Would you assign a level of responsibility to him for attending a party and drinking alcoholic beverages?
    Would we call this reckless behavior for a 16 year old boy?
    Did he place himself in a compromising situation by being “fast” or “grown”?

    Just something to think about? Hmmmm…..

    Some commenters will want to attack me for my statements….DON’T. Just modify the way you think about these gender based assaults. It is the only way to make our society safe for our girls and boys.

    • Nobody here has claimed it was the girl’s fault and I do not see a “blame the assaulted child mentality.” No one is absolving the boys of rape. What I do see here is agreement that while they are fully responsible for committing the crime, the victim does bear some degree of responsibility for her own victimization and that it would be nonsensical, unintelligent, and even derelict to teach a girl that engaging in that kind of risky behavior should come with no expectation of unwanted consequences.

  26. Beth Pickett Jones on

    Why does it need to be either/or? Yes, ideally we should be able to teach all rapists not to rape, all murderers not to kill and all thieves not to steal, but sadly I think many people who do those things already know that it is wrong to do them, and they choose to do them anyway. We need to teach our boys and girls not to hurt or to take advantage of others, and we need to make sure they understand that "no" means no, as does the lack of a clear yes. But we also need to teach our girls – and our boys – to keep themselves safe and to avoid situations that might make it easier for someone to hurt them or take advantage of them. We already teach our kids to do things like lock the doors to their homes, not leave their keys or valuables in their unlocked cars, and not give out their social security numbers or important passwords. None of those are about blaming the victim. They are just about trying to stay safe in a world where there are people who might want to hurt or take advantage of us. I see teaching kids the things that are typically recommended for avoiding being a victim of rape – like not getting drunk at parties and not taking drinks from strangers – as being the same as those other precautions.

  27. eed "Cookie" all is true no one (female or male) deserves rape/ Just putting those two words together offends me. But there is a but that is deserving: We must continue to instill, educate, talk, discuss the need for young teens and young women to take precautions to protect themselves not because IF something should happen to them it is their fault. Rather that there are others who will take advantage of someone else's poor choices. In the end, in so many of these cases, even the "friends" stand by or walk away convincing themselves that it will be ok. That entire scenario is not ok.

  28. https://www.facebook.com/groups/427385707303305/
    Serena, I just wanted to say that I agree with you 100% on your statements about the Pennsylvania rape case. Do not listen to these amoral, unethical, non GOD Believing, homosexual loving, Black people 'like Melissa Harris Perry and others who seem to believe that women can do no wrong, and everything is the man’s fault. Society has allowed women to get away with some of the craziest things imaginable without holding them accountable. Women are having babies like rabbits now and they aren't even interested in being married to a decent man. They prefer to pole dance, and perform immoral sexual acts for men and women to having a legitimate job, or business.
    This particular case reminds me of the Mike Tyson "alleged" rape a decade or so ago Serena. A Black beauty contest winner went up to his apartment after midnight, after drinking, and when he decided he wanted sex the cried rape! Causing him to spend some of his best boxing years in prison.
    My question was then why would any adult woman go to the room of the most violent man in professional boxing at that time alone after midnight? What did she expect he was going to want to do? Play Tiddlywinks? Scrabble? I faulted this woman for using horrible judgment. She should have known better. As a grown man, who has traveled the world, there are many clubs and other places where I could have gone had I wanted to, but I didn't enter those place because I knew I would be hated there because of my beautiful Brown skin color, or because it would be to dangerous for other reasons. My parents taught me to think that way from childhood and I'm sure yours did too.
    So my question is on the Pennsylvania case is why a sixteen year old was not wise enough to know that she had no business going to a party with a bunch of men in general, football jocks in particular, where these super horny young men would outnumber the women many times to one. Yes, women have the right to go where they want to go, but do they really have the need? Women are NOT men! Women do NOT think as men do. Most macho men would rape a pretty girl/woman if they found her in a situation where they could do it. That is just the biologic facts of life. I fault that young woman's parents for not teaching her how to safely navigate her environment.

    So for those women who do not know, you are insane if you go into men's dorm rooms on a regular basis where they are drinking and taking drugs. You are insane if you go to house parties where you are greatly outnumbered, you don't know the people there, and you allow strangers to pour you drinks. It's sad that I have to say all this, but the world can be a very dangerous place for the naive. Yes, the boys were wrong and should receive severe punishments, but females all across this country need to start taking responsibility for their own actions and stop blaming everything on men.

    Use birth control, or get an implant. Stop destroying your lives before they even get started by having multiple babies by multiple men. No decent man wants to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars raising other men's children. They want to have their own kids that look like them and have their personality instead of having to raise some thug, drug dealer, or other mentally disturbed criminals mentally and physically handicapped children. 🙂

    Need I Say More!

    AmenRa

    Love live the Williams family and I hope they continue to prosper. They are the greatest sports family in World History. No one will ever do what Richard and Oracene accomplished. 🙂

  29. Perhaps not Cookie Newsom, but if you were insane enough to do that you should certainly be institutionalized for many years until the doctors remove the viruses, worms, trojans and other malware that caused you to do something goofy like that! You are Stuck on Stupid! Hear me!? 🙂 Besides, who would want a booger bear like you anyway?

  30. C. L. Benson on

    Serena, I just wanted to say that I agree with you 100% on your statements about the Dtubenville, Ohio rape case. Do not listen to these amoral, unethical, non GOD Believing, homosexual loving, Black people ‘like Melissa Harris Perry and others who seem to believe that women can do no wrong, and everything is the man’s fault.

    Society has allowed women to get away with some of the craziest things imaginable without holding them accountable. Women are having babies like rabbits now and they aren’t even interested in being married to a decent man. They prefer to pole dance, and perform immoral sexual acts for men and women to having a legitimate job, or business.

    This particular case reminds me of the Mike Tyson “alleged” rape a decade or so ago Serena. A Black beauty contest winner went up to his apartment after midnight, after drinking, and when he decided he wanted sex the cried rape!! Causing him to spend some of his best boxing years in prison.

    My question was then why would any adult woman go to the room of the most violent man in professional boxing at that time alone after midnight? What did she expect he was going to want to do ? Play Tiddlywinks? Scrabble?

    I faulted this woman for using horrible judgment. She should have known better. As a grown man, who has traveled the world, there are many clubs and other places where I could have gone had I wanted to, but I didn’t enter those place because I knew I would be hated there because of my beautiful Brown skin color, or because it would be to dangerous for other reasons.

    My parents taught me to think that way from childhood and I’m sure yours did too.
    So my question is on the Stubenville, Ohio case is why a sixteen year old was not wise enough to know that she had no business going to a party with a bunch of men in general, football jocks in particular, where these super horny young men would outnumber the women many times to one.

    Yes, women have the right to go wherever they want to go, but do they really have the NEED to be EVERYWHERE?

    Women are NOT peederless men! Women do NOT think as men do. Most macho men would touch/fondle/kiss/rape a pretty girl/woman if they found her in a situation where they could do it, and she was offering no resistance. That is just the biological facts of how most men are wired. I fault that young woman’s parents for not teaching her how to safely navigate her environment. That is why in most Middle Eastern and African countries women are not allowed to sally forth like a Butterfly and go wherever they fancy. Those countries do not have the assaults, rapes, and murders either in the amounts that we have in America.

    So for those women who do not know, you are insane if you go into men’s dorm rooms on a regular basis where they are drinking and taking drugs. You are insane if you go to house parties where you are greatly outnumbered, you don’t know the people there, and you allow strangers to pour you drinks.

    It’s sad that I have to say all this, but the world can be a very dangerous place for the naive. Yes, the boys were wrong and should receive severe punishments, but females all across this country need to start taking responsibility for their own actions and stop blaming everything on men.

    Use birth control, or get an implant. Stop destroying your lives before they even get started by having multiple babies by multiple men. No decent man wants to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars raising other men’s children. They want to have their own kids that look like them and have their personality instead of having to raise some thug, drug dealer, or other mentally disturbed criminals mentally and physically handicapped children. 🙂

    Need I Say More!?

    AmenRa

    Love live the Williams family and I hope they continue to prosper. They are the greatest sports family in World History. No one will ever do what Richard and Oracene accomplished. 🙂

  31. No need to get ugly and make ad hominem attacks Mary Smith. I also disagree with M Cookie Newsom but I think nasty name calling is inappropriate and does not make for a mature and respectful debate.

  32. Yes I have my son who is now 17 and his older sister who is 28. So yes I have been there done that! FYI

  33. …and my results turned out for the better for both of my children. Now how did your situation turn out? Hummm? r u still trying to get it right?

  34. No Parents should be held accountable for what they're children do if they sneakout or the parent is working! Although the teenager was drinking that didn't give the rapist the right to rape her. Lets be clear children have been drinking since before I was born. Not sure if the teenager is black or white not that it matters. But white children have been known to drink before the age of 16. Especially rich or upper class ppl that keep alcohol in an unlock cabinet. Black children knows not to touch they're parents liquor! Black parents especially Fathers put fear in their children and we grew up on the term I brought you into this world and I'll take you out of this world. Yes what Serena said was very offense and uncall for period! No one deserve to be raped drunk or not!!!

  35. Kenny R. Roberts on

    You have a right to do that but you also assume the consequences of your decision. Why would you want to put yourself in a situation where [email protected] is one of the possible outcomes? Would you go swimming with a steak tied around your neck in shark infected water? This is a teachable moment that has been misunderstood by People who don't understand that you can do anything you want within legal limits but you have to know all of the variables before you make your final decision.

  36. Kenny R. Roberts on

    @Mark Halfmoon, you're absolutely correct with your comment. When you make bad choices, bad outcomes are sure to follow. A simple lapse of judgment could be deadly in today's environment. If we don't give our young People the benefit of our wisdom, what good is it? Being Politically Correct is killing our youth. The truth shouldn't have to be sugar coated in order for People to swallow it.

  37. And the question is still unanswered..why was a 16 year old drinking, out partying unsupervised? I BLAME THE DAMN PARENTS of both parties, period and I'm not apologizing!

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