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Leading sexual violence campaigner dies aged 51

Jill Saward, the first rape victim to waive her anonymity in a bid to help others, has died at the age of 51.

By Stephanie Otty | Published: 5th January 2017 News Updates

She suffered a stroke on Tuesday

Her family have issued the following statement:

"It is with deep shock and great sadness that we must announce that Jill Saward (Jill Drake) 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. We would like to thank all those who contributed to her medical care in recent days.

We are also so very grateful for the many expressions of prayer, love and support we have received.

At this stage we would appreciate space and time to come to terms with what has happened."