Serena Williams spoke during the summit held by Forbes about the financial abuse that women go through. The 23-time Grand Slam winner, who is preparing for the 2020 season that for her will start at the ASB Classic in Auckland, gave some advices.
“Know the signs,” Williams said. "If you can’t use your credit card, someone is telling you how to spend your money or what to do, or you’re not being allowed to buy something simple, or [having to] show receipts from grocery store runs.
It’s such a simple thing, and personally I’m the type of person that likes it sometimes when people order food for me, but it’s a different way how it’s done. If someone says ‘listen, let me order for you,’ it could be a small sign.
I never thought about it like that. It’s not so easy to walk away...Your credit could be ruined. You blame yourself, you might have kids. It’s a difficult situation”. Williams also revealed an interesting thing: “I’ve had a friend that’s been in a situation like that, and I would always tell her: ‘you can talk to me, but I really don’t think this is the best situation for you.
I never really judged her...I just tried to be supportive to her. Use your words wisely. Encourage them to leave in the most positive way you can", concluded the 38-year-old.