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What does the face of evil look like?

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What does an abuser have to look like for a victim to not have to jump through the fires of hell to be believed?


05 Dec 2019
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What does the face of evil look like?

Australian-born former tennis Grand Slam champion and convicted rapist Bob Hewitt during a court appearance in Johannesburg, on March 23, 2015. Picture: AFP Photo

The story of the media man accused of grooming and sexually molesting schoolboys over years is nothing short of a crime thriller. At the height of the campaign, sixteen days of activism against abuse, it strengthens the perception in society of an abuser who does not fit the mould: he did not look it, he did not act it, it’s impossible that he did it … Yet we expect women to walk away. What does an abuser have to look like for a victim to not have to jump through the fires of hell to be believed? Were the exposes...

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