Western Bulldogs break silence over plight of man who was raped by club official when he was a boy

Western Bulldogs break their silence over plight of man who was repeatedly raped by a club official when he was a younger boy – as sufferer claims workforce NEVER contacted him regardless of figuring out about it since 1994

  • Adam Kneale was a younger soccer fan when he was abused by a Bulldogs staffer
  • The incidents occured within the Eighties when the club was generally known as Footscray
  • Mr Kneale claims the club has by no means contacted him because the abuse occurred
  • The Bulldogs have now commented on the ‘devastating’ abuse he suffered 

The present chief govt of AFL club Western Bulldogs has described revelations of little one sexual abuse on the club’s Western Oval administrative places of work through the eighties as ‘devastating’.

An ABC investigation revealed that soccer fan Adam Kneale was systemically abused at Footscray Football Club over seven years between 1984 and 1990.

Graeme Hobbs was the perpetrator of the horrific crimes through the time he held roles on the club that included chairman of fundraising and Under-19s workforce room steward. He is now lifeless.

Hobbs was convicted in 1994 however Kneale claimed the club had not contacted him since then, regardless of having data of the occasions which have left him affected by post-traumatic stress dysfunction (PTSD) and anxiousness.

Western Bulldogs chief govt Ameet Bains responded to the ABC report and acknowledged the abuse that he suffered.

Bains said the club had been 'shocked' and 'dismayed' by the 'devastating' news

Bains mentioned the club had been ‘shocked’ and ‘dismayed’ by the ‘devastating’ information

‘We have been shocked and dismayed to study concerning the horrible abuse suffered by Adam Kneale within the Eighties, the confronting particulars of which had been set out in in the present day’s ABC article,’ Bains mentioned.

‘What Adam was subjected to as a little one — and the influence it has subsequently had on the rest of his life — is heartbreaking and distressing.

‘Football golf equipment ought to be a protected and pleasant place for all individuals, particularly youngsters, so Adam’s experiences and the truth that parts of this abuse occurred by the hands of a Footscray Football Club volunteer are merely devastating.

The Bulldogs' former home ground, Whitten Oval - formerly known as Western Oval - is one of the places Kneale was abused as a child

The Bulldogs’ former residence floor, Whitten Oval – previously generally known as Western Oval – is one of the locations Kneale was abused as a little one 

The Bulldogs launched a assertion saying that Mr Kneale can be supported by the club transferring ahead.

‘We applaud Adam’s braveness to come back ahead and share the small print of his story and we can not start to grasp the trauma he and his household have been compelled to cope with for greater than three many years,” the Bulldogs statement said.

‘While these matters were investigated by Victoria Police and relevant authorities in the early 1990s, resulting in a number of charges being laid, a criminal conviction being sustained, and a subsequent jail sentence being served by the principal offender, we understand and acknowledge that the pain continues to this day for Adam.

‘The club will search recommendation from police and professional companies to make sure Adam and anybody else who could come ahead are appropriately supported.’


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