Suellen Sheehan – Justice Served: The Trial and Conviction of Bob Hewitt

Suellen SheehanFormer Grand Slam tennis champion Bob Hewitt has been sent to prison for the rape of Suellen Sheehan more than thirty years ago. This effectively changes the judicial landscape for historic rape survivors in South Africa. Zebra Press will bring you the memoir of the woman who had the courage to take Hewitt on.

After the sentence was delivered on Monday 18 May Sheehan said the following about the book deal: “I have been vindicated but I am one of the few who has had the opportunity to see my rapist pay for his crime. I am one of the few who has had my voice heard. And now that I have found my voice I am going to use it for all of the women and men and children who have experienced hell and who thought that they were the only ones.”

In her book, Justice Served: The Trial and Conviction of Bob Hewitt, written by journalist Jamaine Krige, Sheehan will tell her story – from the first day she gripped a tennis racquet at the age of five to the years of devastation and the betrayal of her family as a result of the abuse and rape. She also explores her decision to press charges – a decision that encouraged other women to come forward and secured Hewitt’s eventual conviction. Her story circles back to optimism on the day of his sentencing when the gruelling court case is finally over and her new life can begin. The book will be published in November 2015.

In 1992 Hewitt was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In November 2012, he was indefinitely suspended following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct from women he used to coach when they were girls. On 23 March 2015, Hewitt was found guilty of two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. On 18 May 2015 he was sentenced to an effective six years in jail.

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