Jill Saward would want us to continue her fight against rape, says campaign group Spark

'Jill Saward would want us to continue her fight, we've got to remain vigilant', says Spark

Jill Saward has died at the age of 51

Friday, January 6, 2017

Anti-rape crusader Jill Saward would want us all to continue her fight, says the founder of campaign group Spark. 

Saward, who died this week aged 51, was raped at the age of 21 and was the first victim in the UK to waive her anonymity. She then became a sexual assault campaigner.

Natalie Collins, a consultant in domestic abuse and violence against women, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I think she would want to encourage us all that the fight is not over, we’ve got to remain vigilant."

Saward, who was a virgin when she was raped, was subjected to intense focus on her sexual history when she made her rape revelation. However Collins said: “30 years on we’d like to think that the world has moved on and we don’t have those attitudes any more.

“She [Saward] was a supporter of so many women and their families who’d been subjected to sexual violence, it’s an amazing testament to her how many people are saying how wonderful she was.

"She created a voice and a face for the reality and horror of this crime."

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