logo
GettyImages
GettyImages

Tennis Star Serena Williams Talks How Helping Friend through Financial Abuse Inspired Her Mission to Educate Women

Oyin Balogun
Oct 06, 2019
09:40 P.M.

An emotional Serena Williams recalls the eye-opening incident that clarified what being a feminist really is for her.

Advertisement

Serena Williams was recently in an interview with Bustle, and it was there she explained how it was the unsavory experience of being there for a close friend who was a victim of abuse that made her commit to standing up for other women.

Advertisement

SERENA IS JOINING HANDS WITH A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION TO EDUCATE WOMEN ABOUT DOMESTIC ABUSE

It is the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Serena has made it a goal to publicize and thus create awareness about financial abuse.

To achieve this, Serena is reportedly partnering with "Allstate Foundation Purple Purse," a nonprofit organization that aims to highlight the stories of survivors of domestic violence.

It is not the first time for Serena as Bustle affirms that it will be the third time she will be joining hands with the organization.

Serena Williams at Spring Studios on September 09, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Serena Williams at Spring Studios on September 09, 2019 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

The main aim of this project will reportedly be to publicize the truths about financial abuse which is found to be predominant amongst cases of domestic abuse.

Advertisement

"I DIDN'T REALIZE WHAT A FEMINIST WAS." — SERENA

For Serena, this is a project that she holds dear because of the encounter she had with her friend's financial struggles.

"I didn't realize what a feminist was until my friend was going through this situation," Serena said to Bustle. "I thought it was really important for me to tell her, 'This is not a great situation to be in.'"

Advertisement

The world-famous tennis champion further explained that her friend's damaging relationship was what caused her to think about important questions like how to be a supportive friend for victims.

She pointed out the fact that most victims never see the big picture and may even be overly sensitive to comments, albeit thoughtful, about their relationships.

The mother of one described the situation as dangerous and sometimes one that feels like "walking on eggshells" because of the risk of offending the victim.

Advertisement

"It's difficult to say those messages without your friend cutting the strings, and then she's really left alone," she says. But keeping mute wasn't an option for the tennis star who continued: "I need to speak up. I need to be loud. I need you to hear me."

Serena also explains that while her friend has cut off the toxic bind to her oppressor, achieving that was a very tough task.

It is the knowledge from this experience that makes Serena very passionate about educating women about domestic abuse which is known to be linked to the men exercising dominance over the victim's finances.

Advertisement

"It's really important to know the signs and educate yourself. If you see them trying to handle your accounts, or trying to decide where you should spend money, or asking you for receipts, these are really big signs and red flags," Serena said.

It appears that the subject of domestic awareness now has more impact on the athlete now that she has become a mother and experienced marital life for herself.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Wendy Williams, 59, Diagnosed with Aphasia & Dementia — Her Family Banned from Calling & Meeting Her

February 23, 2024

Serena Williams Shares Makeup-Free Selfie Following Her 'Not Ok' Post – Fans Send Concerned & Supportive Messages

November 29, 2023

Is Sha'Carri Richardson Trans? The Famous Sprinter Came Out as Bisexual in 2015

November 15, 2023

3 Mind-Blowing Restaurant Stories That Ignited Major Drama

February 29, 2024

3 Mind-Blowing Restaurant Stories That Ignited Major Drama

February 09, 2024

Serena Williams, 42, Showcases ‘Not Picture Perfect’ Body While Holding 6-Month-Old Baby Daughter

February 12, 2024

Wendy Williams’ Son Afraid She ‘Could Die’: He Speaks Out about Mom’s Diagnosis with ‘Pain’ in His Eyes

February 27, 2024

Serena Williams' Natural Eyebrows Sparked Fan Discussion in Close-up Photo with Her Baby Girl

November 26, 2023

Serena Williams’ Daughter Olympia Shows “Muscles” Like Mom in New Instagram Update

January 25, 2024

'Her Man Got Curves!': Serena Williams' Husband's Weight Gain Sparks Reactions after Their Recent Outing

December 12, 2023

Fans Suspect Serena Williams Is Pregnant Seeing Her New Pic in Tight Black Dress

November 08, 2023

Wendy Williams' Houses & Lifestyle Changed after Divorce – She Has Dementia & Reportedly Sold Her Belongings

February 23, 2024

My Heart Sank When I Accidentally Overheard What My Fiancé Told His Friends after My Grandma's Death

February 20, 2024

This Walmart Employee Is Child Star’s Spouse - She Died Homeless in His Arms

February 05, 2024