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Hewitt's alleged victim relieved about summons

One of the tennis legend's alleged victims hopes this will send a message to child abusers.

Bob Hewitt competes during a tennis match at Wimbledon, England on 26 June 1965. Picture: AP

JOHANNESBURG - As tennis legend Bob Hewitt prepares to appear in the Boksburg Magistrates Court in August on charges of rape and indecent assault, one of his alleged victims has told Eyewitness News she hopes this will send a message to child abusers.

Hewitt has been served with a summons to appear in court after claims emerged that he had sexually abused children he coached in the 1970s.

Suellen Sheehan claims she was abused by Hewitt more than 30 years ago.

She says she and other women have been trying to lay criminal charges against him for years.

Sheehan says she is surprised to hear about the summons and this has partially restored her faith in the South African justice system.

She says she hopes this will send a message to other child abusers and their victims.

"This is proof that parents must never ever think that it could never happen to them. If it does happen to a child, that child must be educated and know they will find somebody who will listen."