Ruth Langsford, 70, says she was sexually assaulted aged 11 by man who flashed her and ‘put hand up skirt’
30th March 2021

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Ruth Langsford has recalled the heartbreaking account of when she was sexually assaulted as a schoolgirl at the young age of 11.

The 70 year old, who recently shared her amusing nickname for husband Eamonn Holmes, bravely spoke out about her own experience after the terrifying and tragic death of Sarah Everard.

Writing in Best magazine, the ITV presenter said: "Not every man is a danger, not every man is a sexual predator or a murderer but they are also not us.

"The awful death of Sarah Everard has got a lot of women re-evaluating what we feel, what we have, or do, put up with – just by being a woman."

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Ruth continued: "I have a husband who honours, respects, champions and defends women – however, he also has no experience of sexual harassment.

"When I have the same conversation with my girlfriends, they all have frightening tales to tell.

"In my case, my earliest recollections all centred around travelling to and from school in London."

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She then opened up on her own experience of sexual assault as she continued: "The Tube was my mode of transport and in the Seventies, it also seemed that perverts and predators were drawn to the same routes I took like wasps to jam.

"I was flashed at more than once, followed a few times and a man once put his hand up my skirt on a crowded train.

"These incidents all happened to me between the ages of about 11 and 16. I now ask myself why I didn't shout, scream, kick up a fuss, report them to an official – all the things I would urge any girl or woman to do today."

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