16:30 15 January 2014
Following a plethora of news about celebrities involved in alleged sexual assaults, TV presenter Charlie Webster has now spoken about her experience as a teenage victim of abuse.
The Sky Sports presenter revealed that she was sexually assaulted when she was 15 years old by her running coach. She said she waived her anonymity to break the taboo about abuse as a whole.
The now 31-year-old narrated: "I got quite close to the running coach because you do.”
"You start to trust them when you're a young kid, and he started to take me for a few private sessions because he said I was good and I could do with some extra sessions because that would really help.
"He abused the fact that I was an innocent person who wanted his support and his compassion and his care as my running coach."
She said that at that time of the abuse, she had not told anyone because she didn’t know what to do. In the end, it was another younger girl who reported the man to the police. He was later sentenced to 10 years in jail and was put on the sex offenders register for life.
Webster said: "That's why I'm here [speaking on radio] as well. It might help someone else bring it to light. I want to break the taboo about abuse as a whole."
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