- Sep 28, 2014
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That is without doubt one of the most difficult things I have read. Being roughly a similar age and hanging around football clubs and basketball clubs at a similar time I can vividly relate to the period of time and how things were back then. I also came into contact with some men who hung around those clubs as coaches or volunteers and think I’m lucky that nothing ever happened to me. I was also an alter server in the church but never had anything bad happen through that time either. To some extent I just feel lucky that I was spared coming into contact with such people now looking back.
Adam's parents thought he was Footscray's water boy, but their shy little boy had entered 'perpetual hell'When Adam Kneale was offered a chance to help out around the Footscray Football Club as an 11-year-old, he thought he was realising every kids' dream. Instead, he faced unimaginable trauma. WARNING: This story contains graphic descriptions of sexual abuse.www.abc.net.au
Warning - distressing.
What happened to Adam was an absolute tragedy and anything that the club can do to help him they absolutely must be doing. To know that this atrocity was occurring at a club that I now love and support is hard to digest. I know that no one there now was probably a part of it but I find it amazing to believe that the police never spoke to senior people in the club such as the CEO when the club premises was the location of much of the offending. So surely the club had to be aware of the case and should have reached out to Adam well before now.
I feel really devastated for Adam and his family and I hope he gets all the help he needs. The sentences for those involved are obviously entirely inadequate as they seem to be for any and all sexual offences. The victim is left scared for life and the offender gets a slap on the wrist. Even though it’s slightly better now it’s still not good enough.