Sky's Charlie Webster Reveals Sexual Assault
Television presenter Charlie Webster has revealed she was sexually assaulted aged 15 by her running coach.
The 31-year-old said she had chosen to waive her right to anonymity to go public with the revelations to "break the taboo about abuse as a whole".
Ms Webster revealed her long-time coach had "very manipulatively and very slowly" sexually assaulted her during private sessions.
"I got quite close to the running coach because you do," she told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"He took me into a private situation where no one else was ... and then he abused my trust, and he abused the fact that I was an innocent person who wanted his support and his compassion and his care as my running coach.
"It doesn't matter how many times, (but) it happened, it happened a couple of times. You don't realise, well I didn't realise it was happening, because you trust that person and that trust is built up."
The man was jailed for 10 years and put on the sex offenders' register for life after another girl reported the abuse to the police.
Ms Webster said that, at the time, she had felt unable to speak out about what was happening.
"I didn't understand. I really lacked confidence. I didn't know what he was doing was wrong.
"Not one time in my head did I think 'I'm being sexually assaulted', because if I did, I would have done something about it."
The presenter added that sexual abuse was "one of these taboos, like domestic abuse is now", that was not spoken about.
She said: "That's why I'm here (on the radio) as well. It might help someone else bring it to light. I want to break the taboo about abuse as a whole."
Ms Webster is currently in training for a 250-mile, seven-day run to raise awareness for Women's Aid. The charity aims to end domestic abuse against women and children. The run is due to start on January 26.
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