Tennis coach Judy Murray has revealed how a man indecently assaulted her during a “big event for a big educational institution” eight years ago.
s Murray, mother of former world number one Andy, said the attack made her “want to throw up”.
She said the attack by a “very senior person” at the big education organization left her “completely disgusted” and not knowing what to do.
“Towards the end of the meal it was clear he had been drinking quite a bit and he put his hand on my knee first,” Ms Murray said in her Sunday Post column.
“I didn’t know what to do, so I took his hand away and leaned over to pour myself some water, and as I did, he ran his hand down my pants. At this point I got up and went straight to the bathroom. I wanted to throw up. I was absolutely disgusted and didn’t know what to do,” Ms Murray said.
The celebrity tennis coach said the incident made her wonder if she should report the attack and if so to whom, knowing it would cause a “huge sensation”.
“I still had to speak on the podium. Do I just go now or do my speech and go? It shook me so much. I sat on the toilets for ages and decided to give the speech – the show has to go on and all – but I didn’t go back into the room until I knew it was time for me to go on stage.
“Once I had done my bit, I went back to the table, grabbed my bag and left. I haven’t spoken to anyone. The incident left me with nausea in my stomach for a long time. I’ve never talked about it, but maybe I should have.
“If something like this happened to me now, I would definitely do it. Women have found their voices and are calling out all sorts of sexist behaviors. It gives others the confidence to do the same,” Ms. Murray said.
Ms Murray said women were too often made to feel “the world of sport is not for us and that our presence is neither welcome nor important”. She said that women constantly have to name injustices and unacceptable behavior, “I understand that now”.
Ms Murray said it “shouldn’t be for women to do all the heavy lifting” and that men should also join the fight against sexism and misogyny.
“This is how change will happen. Decent people say enough. And it shouldn’t always be women,” Ms Murray said.
https://www.independent.ie/news/judy-murray-reveals-she-was-indecently-assaulted-at-public-event-i-wanted-to-throw-up-41653961.html Judy Murray reveals she was indecently assaulted at public event: ‘I wanted to throw up’