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Serena Williams Calls Steubenville Rape Victim

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) – A lawyer representing the victim in the Steubenville rape case says Serena Williams has spoken with the girl’s family after the tennis star was quoted in a Rolling Stone article saying the girl “shouldn’t have put herself in that position.”

Williams made the call Wednesday after releasing a statement describing the comments “insensitive and hurtful.”

Attorney Bob Fitzsimmons said Thursday that Williams spoke with the family for about 30 minutes in a private conversation. Fitzsimmons says the family appreciated Williams’ call.

Williams’ comment was made in one paragraph of a long story posted online Tuesday about Williams. She is ranked No. 1 entering Wimbledon, which starts next week.

Two players from a high school football team in Steubenville, Ohio, were convicted in March of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl.

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