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Accuser refuses to take part, releases statement

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One of the women to have made sickening accusations against senior figures at the Hawthorn Football Club has announced she will not co-operate with the AFL’s investigation into the scandal.

The AFL last month announced the terms of reference for its investigation into the bombshell accusations included in a report that followed an external review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s experiences with the Hawks.

The AFL a month ago announced Bernard Quinn KC would lead the investigation into allegations of “racist behaviour, bullying and other inappropriate conduct” by Hawthorn employees — particularly towards First Nations players — between 2008 to 2016. Quinn will be joined by fellow panellists Jacqualyn Turfrey, Tim Goodwin and Julie Buxton.

Chris Fagan and Alastair Clarkson have been mentioned in the report. Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media.Source: Supplied

It has for several weeks been reported that several people to have made the accusations against the football club had concerns about being involved in the investigation process because of the clear conflict of interest for the AFL.

Despite the league’s insistence the investigation would be entirely independent, one of the women has now announced she will be taking a stand by refusing to participate.

In a statement released by Marque Lawyers, the legal team acting for one of the accusers, a women referred to as “Amy” says: “I could either stay numb and silent, or I could find my voice and play my part in the struggle to try and create safety and protection for our young ones who would inevitably face these systems”.

The statement claims the AFL ignored the woman when establishing the framework for the investigation, leaving her with no option but to walk away.

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