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I'm appealing to survivors or survivors who have been failed by the system: Convicted Child Rapist to apply for parole after only 2 years in prison

I'm appealing to survivors or survivors who have been failed by the system: Convicted Child Rapist to apply for parole after only 2 years in prison

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Olivia J.
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I'm appealing to survivors or survivors who have been failed by the system
When I was just 12 years old, my tennis coach raped me.   Not only was i not believed by the people who should have believed me, i, a long with 70 others lived with the shame of a deep dark secret.  30 years later 3 of us spoke up and after 5 long years we got justice.

Speaking out cost me my family, my dignity, my material possessions, my friends, I became unemployable and most importantly it cost me my identity.  To move forward in life I had to legally change my name.

I live in constant fear that he is going to come after me if he gets out.  

I have worked so very hard to pick up the pieces of my life for the past 10 years.  He has served only 3 years.  That is one fifth of the time it's taken me to rebuild my life.  The time he has served is last than half the time it took me to get justice.

Let's not even begin to speak about the past 38 years of pain, shame and anguish I've lived with and still have to live with.

If you believe that Bob Hewitt should not get parole after serving just 3 years of a six year sentence I'm  asking you please to sign this petition.  If you don't believe sex offenders can be rehabilitated please sign the petition. .... Not just for me but for all the people who have been failed by the justice system. 

I'm only really asking for a few minutes of your time which by comparison to the time I've spent in my emotional prison is very little. 

Thanking you in advance.
#WarriorWoman  #MeToo  #MiniMeToo
Posted: 25 September 2018 (Updated: 11 September 2019)