Charlie Webster On The Run For Victims Of Abuse
Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster is preparing to run 250 miles in seven days to raise awareness of domestic violence.
The 31-year-old will visit 40 football clubs along the way,
including Goodison Park (Everton), Anfield (Liverpool) and the Reebok Stadium (Bolton), in support of domestic abuse charity Women's Aid.
Webster recently revealed she had been sexually assaulted by her running coach when she was 15. Her assailant was later sentenced to 10 years in prison and put on the sex offenders register after another girl reported the abuse to police.
Sexual abuse at the time, she said, was "one of these taboos, like domestic abuse is now". The presenter says she chose to waive her anonymity to "break the taboo about abuse as a whole".
British Crime Survey statistics suggest a quarter of women in the UK have experienced some form of domestic violence; a figure which Women's Aid says has remained static for a while.
Webster, who starts the first leg of her run on Sunday, says she has been motivated by the experience of other women and children who have suffered domestic and sexual abuse.
"I have been warned by various experts how much it is going to hurt and the toll it will take on me both mentally and physically," she said..
"I know that it is 100% worth it, though. I don't want any woman or child to live in fear, worthlessness projected on them through another person's cowardly actions. Knowing how that feels is motivation enough."
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