Julia Georges on Peng Shuai: Deeply concerned, victims should not be silenced

Former world No. 9 Julia Georges says she is “deeply concerned” about Peng Shuai as she underlined that “victims should not be silenced.” 

Peng went missing in China after accusing China’s former vice premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. 

Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are some of the names that raised concerns over the Peng disappearance.

“I am deeply concerned about the ongoing situation involving Peng Shuai. We live in a world where victims should not be silenced & I stand with the entire tennis community in saying, we want answers!” Georges said in a Twitter post. 

A mail sent to the WTA claimed to be from Peng 

On Wednesday, the WTA said it received a mail that was said to be sent from Peng. 

In the mail that was reportedly sent by Peng, it said that Peng made false accusations and that’s she’s feeling safe. 

A couple of hours later, WTA CEO Steve Simon said he didn’t believe the mail was really sent by Peng. 

“The statement released today by Chinese state media concerning Peng Shuai only raises my concerns as to her safety and whereabouts,” WTA CEO Simon said. 

” I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her. Peng Shuai displayed incredible courage in describing an allegation of sexual assault against a former top official in the Chinese government. The WTA and the rest of the world need independent and verifiable proof that she is safe. I have repeatedly tried to reach her via numerous forms of communication, to no avail.

“Peng Shuai must be allowed to speak freely, without coercion or intimidation from any source. Her allegation of sexual assault must be respected, investigated with full transparency and without censorship.

“The voices of women need to be heard and respected, not censored nor dictated to.”

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