A woman who at eight years old was allegedly raped and infected with HIV by her football coach is still unable to access victim’s compensation, an inquiry has been told.
A royal commission heard on Monday that a child sex abuse survivor, given the pseudonym BXA, will tell how she played in an under-10s football team in Sydney in 1996 and was repeatedly raped by the coach, who was charged and acquitted of offences against her in 2000.
The commission is examining the responses of Football NSW to allegations of child sexual abuse by the coach, known as BXK.
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In an opening statement, counsel advising the commission, Gail Furness SC, said that BXK was jailed in 2004 for sexually molesting three other children.
Furness said that BXA has since been diagnosed with HIV, which she believes she contracted through the sexual assaults by BXK.
The commission is examining BXA’s experiences in the criminal justice system, including her claims for victim’s compensation.
Furness said evidence would be given that BXA revealed that she had been abused in 1999 and Football NSW, then known as Soccer NSW, was informed of allegations against BXK.
He was acquitted of the charge but Soccer NSW banned him from holding any official position in clubs.
BXA was rejected for victim’s compensation in 2001 and again last year after her HIV diagnosis.
The HIV/AIDS legal centre is appealing that decision on her behalf, Furness said.
The hearing into sporting clubs and institutions is expected to run for two weeks.
On Monday Furness said 2012 data shows that in NSW alone, 539,000 children, that is 60% of children between the ages of 5 and 14, took part in at least one organised sport outside school hours.
And 75% of children between 15 and 17 years of age have taken part in sports in the the same period.
The commission will examine three case studies, football, cricket and tennis, in which children were sexually abused.
It will also hear evidence from the president of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates, and other high-profile sports executives on what child protection policies are now in place.