Jill Saward

Jill Saward
Born(1965-01-15)15 January 1965
Liverpool, England[1]
Died5 January 2017(2017-01-05) (aged 51)
Wolverhampton, England
OccupationCampaigner, author, political candidate
Known forRape survivor and campaigner
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Gavin Drake (m. 1993; her death 2017)
Parent(s)Michael Saward
RelativesJoe Saward (brother)
Henry George Kendall (great grandfather)

Jill Saward, also known by her married name Jill Drake (14 January 1965 – 5 January 2017)[2] was an English campaigner on issues relating to sexual violence.

She was the victim of a violent robbery and rape in 1986 at a vicarage in Ealing, London, a crime for which the perpetrators' relatively lenient sentences led indirectly to changes in the law. Saward was the first rape victim in Britain to waive her right to anonymity.[3]


Saward was educated at Lady Margaret School in London.[4][better source needed] Her father, Reverend Michael Saward, became the vicar of St Mary's, Ealing, in 1978.[5] She married Gavin Drake, and the couple lived in Hednesford, Staffordshire, with their three sons.[2]

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