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Sexual violence campaigner Jill Saward dies

Jill Saward comforts the mother of a teenage rape victim. Credit: PA Images

A woman who became a sexual assault campaigner after she was raped during a burglary at her father's vicarage in 1986 has died.

She went on to write a book about her attack, which became known as the Ealing Vicarage Rape, and campaigned to end violence against women.

Ms Saward, aged 51, who had three sons, lived with her husband in Staffordshire.

It is with deep shock and great sadness that we must announce that Jill Saward died this morning in New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, following a subarachnoid haemorrhage on Tuesday. She was 51-years old.

In consultation with medical staff, the family readily agreed to Jill's desire to be an organ donor.

Jill dedicated the past 30 years of her life to helping other people. It gives us great comfort to know that our wonderful wife, mother and sister was able to help other people to the very end.

– Statement on her website from her family
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