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Serena Williams said that young boys need to be educated about domestic abuse

“This could be something that my daughter could face.”

Serena Williams and Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Campaign Launch Source: AP/PA Images

SERENA WILLIAMS SAID that since she became a mother, she’s even more focused on helping to tackle the issue of domestic abuse. The 23-time Grand Slam winner is an ambassador for anti-domestic abuse group Purple Purse.

Serena believes that the only way a difference can be made is if we begin to “expand the conversation” to men and young boys, rather than just looking at what women can do about domestic violence.

The 36-year-old also added that the recent birth of her daughter Alexis has made her more determined to take a stand against domestic violence, an issue that affects 1 in 4 women, as her daughter may be part of that 25% one day.

[Of the 1 in 4 women affected by domestic violence], 99% are affected by financial abuse. I think that’s super important to point out.  These numbers are insane and completely staggering and it’s important to bring awareness to it.

Serena Williams and Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Campaign Launch Source: AP/PA Images

As a mother of a daughter, for me this means even more. This could be something my daughter could face. I want her to know that she can always talk to me and talk to other people, and that maybe if she doesn’t have a voice or she can’t use her voice, we can be her voice. We can support her in so many different ways.

Williams added that it’s essential to expand the conversation to men.

With domestic abuse, it doesn’t care what colour you are, what background you’re from – it can affect all women, however they look and where-ever they’re from. It’s important to get the message out there to our young men, to our daughters, to let that generation know. Let’s stop this. Let’s change this. Let’s create a better us.

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