TV presenter Charlie Webster has admitted she was sexually abused by her running coach – when she was a teenager.
The Sport Sports host, who has been dating Dublin actor Allen Leech for nearly a year, said she felt it was time to share her story.
“I realised I had to tell my story,” she said.
“I’ve spoken before about the sexual abuse I experienced as a teenager by my running coach.
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“My experience shows how easily sexual abuse can happen; how people in a position of trust can use their authority to manipulate.”
Speaking to Glamour magazine, the 32-year-old was a guest speaker at the Sports Respects Your Rights conference in Vienna.
“I hate statistics; I’m really not a numbers person but I’m kind of getting annoyed with the phrase ‘one in five’,” she explained.
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“One in five women in the UK have experienced sexual abuse. One in five women in Europe have experience sexual abuse. One in five women in the world has experienced sexual abuse.
“If you look around you now, or the next time you head out, and realise how many people ‘one in five’ actually is, it really hits you – that is a hell of a lot of women who have been sexually abused, or will be,” she added.