Jill Saward, the victim of the Ealing vicarage rape who later became a sexual assault campaigner has died at the age of 51. Saward was raped by two men at her father's vicarage in Ealing, London in 1986. Saward, who later also went by her married name Drake, became the first rape victim in the United Kingdom to waive her anonymity. She died on Thursday morning at Wolverhampton hospital after suffering a stroke earlier this week. Saward went into her stroke on Tuesday after suffering a subarachnoid haemorrhage. Funeral details have yet to be released.
Tributes have been paid to Saward by many people. The campaign group Jurors Understanding Rape Is Essential Standard praised her with Alison Boydell saying, “Jill was an indefatigable advocate…show more content… The brutality of the attack was a key factor but the British press were also criticized for how they reported the rape. They were accused of being overly intrusive leading to Saward being identified as the victim despite not being physically named. The court case also gathered major attention after the sentencing. There was anger after the two men convicted of rape got less prison time than the man who was solely convicted of burglary. Martin McCall was sentenced to a total of ten years, five for the burglary and five for the rape. Christopher Byrne was also convicted for five years for burglary but only three years for his part in the sexual assault. In comparison, Robert Horscroft was sentenced to 14 years in prison for