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January 11, 2017 7:19 am Published by

Jill Saward, who has died aged 51 following a stroke, was a vicar’s daughter who became the first rape victim in the country to waive her legal right to anonymity and went on to campaign for better understanding for victims of rape and sexual violence.

At lunchtime on March 6 1986 her father, Canon Michael Saward, answered the doorbell at Ealing Vicarage to be confronted by three knife-wielding men in balaclavas high on drink and drugs. Jill and her boyfriend, David Kerr, were watching television.

The men demanded money and “jewels’’. Finding none, they went on an orgy of violence. Jill, aged 21 and with no sexual experience, was dragged to a bedroom at knifepoint and raped repeatedly and brutally by two of the men before being tied up with a skipping rope. Her father and boyfriend were beaten unconscious, their skulls fractured.

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