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FIRST ON EWN: Hewitt’s alleged victim speaks out

One of Bob Hewitt’s alleged victims says no one believed her story when she reported it during the 80s.

Sueellen Sheehan, one of tennis legend Bob Hewitt’s alleged victims, outside the Boksburg Magistrates Court. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - One of the alleged rape victims of tennis legend Bob Hewitt has told Eyewitness News she was afraid to report him to authorities back in the 1980s.

Suellen Sheehan spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News about her alleged abuse as a child at the hands of Hewitt.

He is accused of rape and sexual assault of girls he coached during the 1980s.

The charges involve girls who were under the age of 16 at the time of the alleged crimes.

Sheehan says the question she gets asked most often is why it took her so long to open up a case against Hewitt.

She says at the time, no one believed her story.

"We did try and deal with it at the time. You know in the 1980s, women didn't have a voice and we as little children didn't have a voice."

Sheehan says as a child she was also afraid of Hewitt.

"He put me into a state of fear and that was getting him into trouble. As a little girl, I didn't want to get him into trouble."

Only once Sheehan opened a case did other women come forward claiming they had also been abused by the former Grand Slam doubles champion.

Hewitt is scheduled to appear in court again in January next year.