Jill Saward's death announced

(69 Posts)
Kit30 Thu 05-Jan-17 15:36:12

Just wanted to highlight and acknowledge her incredible bravery and selflessness on behalf of rape victims. She accomplished so much.

LouiseBrooks Thu 05-Jan-17 15:40:20

I remember this case so well. This is awfully sad, she was so young.

CotswoldStrife Thu 05-Jan-17 15:42:35

I'm sorry to hear that - I remember that case very well and I am a similar age to Jill. She was very brave to step forward and speak out, I do think the case was very badly handled by the judge at the time.

2017watchoutherewecome Thu 05-Jan-17 15:52:51

RIP Jill.
Woolly hugs ?

CrossfireHurricane Thu 05-Jan-17 15:54:08

How sad.What a truly remarkable lady.
The only time I ever saw my DF cry was watching the news was when the Ealing case was being reported .
R.I.P you changed our world Jill.

ExplodedCloud Thu 05-Jan-17 15:57:55

Incredibly brave woman. My thoughts are with her family.

pnutter Thu 05-Jan-17 16:00:35

RIP Jill. Condolences to her family. A brave young woman and an inspiration.

derxa Thu 05-Jan-17 16:02:32

How awful.

moogletea Thu 05-Jan-17 16:05:18

She was a tremendously inspiring woman

derxa Thu 05-Jan-17 16:05:37

What a brave woman. How cruel life can be.

lalamumto3 Thu 05-Jan-17 16:08:05

What a very brave and courageous woman

understandnothing Thu 05-Jan-17 16:08:10

Brave lady. 51is no age. Thoughts with her family.

DonkeyOaty Thu 05-Jan-17 16:12:04

So brave. Thinking of her family.

Burntbum Thu 05-Jan-17 16:14:54

She was a very courageous woman. Thinking of her family. They must be devastated sad

tribpot Thu 05-Jan-17 16:17:02

I remember the case. Thank you, Jill. Thoughts to her family and friends.

Cocolepew Thu 05-Jan-17 16:18:51

How sad.

Alfieisnoisy Thu 05-Jan-17 16:19:26

Will never forget this case, the burgler got a higher sentence than the two who had raped Jill.
I was outraged at the time and although I know the judge acknowledged his mistakes later in life it still upsets me that her trauma never got higher priority.

She's worked so hard for others since that time, thank you Jill and may you rest peacefully. Thinking of your family.

LizB62A Thu 05-Jan-17 16:36:39

She was very brave ......

SilkThreads Thu 05-Jan-17 17:32:12

For those too young to remember this became known as 'The Ealing Vicarage (Rape) Case'.
Jill Saward was raped by 2 assailants whilst her father and boyfriend were tied up.
The attack received widespread attention not just for its brutality, but also due to a comment in the subsequent trial when judge Mr Justice Leonard said the trauma suffered by her “had not been so great”.
She waived her anonymity and was treated badly by the justice system throughout.
She then spent 30 years campaigning to highlight the extent of rape and domestic violence in this country and the inadequacies of the 'system'.

My feeling is that, whether you have ever been a victim or not, her actions have helped all women in this country.

RIP, Jill. thanks

11122aa Thu 05-Jan-17 17:36:36

RIP Jill.

DoItTooJulia Thu 05-Jan-17 17:39:51

RIP Jill. Amazing woman, to whom we all owe much.

chickensaresafehere Thu 05-Jan-17 17:41:56

Such a brave woman.
RIP Jill.

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 05-Jan-17 17:42:29

I remember it really clearly when it happened, it was such a shocking and brutal attack. What a brave woman.

RIP Jill.

PrincessFiorimonde Thu 05-Jan-17 17:58:59

I remember the case very clearly. She was treated so shabbily by the system, but went on to become a courageous and indefatigable campaigner.

derxa Thu 05-Jan-17 18:03:15

She should be honoured.

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