Judy Murray shares sexual assault details and urges women to speak out

Judy Murray

Judy Murray has urged more men to speak out against sexism and misogyny after revealing disturbing details of an incident where she was indecently assaulted.

The tennis coach, and mother to Grand Slam winners Andy and Jamie Murray, revealed a man had put his hand down her trousers during an after-dinner event.

Her admission comes in the wake of a speech at the recent Scottish Football Writers Awards which featured “sexist, racist and homophobic” jokes.

The speech prompted a walkout, with TV presenter Eilidh Barbour speaking out about the issue and stating she had “never felt so unwelcome” in the football industry.

Murray has shared her own story and implored men to help women take a stand against the behaviour still being seen in 2022.

Speaking to The Sunday Post, the Brit went into details about how a man left her ‘badly shaken and distressed’ at a function where she was speaking.

“Towards the end of the meal, it was clear he had quite a bit to drink and he put his hands on my knee,” Murray said of the man who sat beside her at the event.

“I removed his hand and leaned forward to pour myself some water and as I did he slipped his hand down the back of my trousers.

“At that point, I got up and went straight to the bathroom. I wanted to throw up. It rocked me so badly.”

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – FEBRUARY 05: Captain Judy Murray supports Johanna Konta of Great Britain against Ipek Soylu of Turkey during day two of the Fed Cup/Africa Group One tennis at Syma Event and Congress Centre on February 5, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images for LTA)

Murray admitted this was the first time she had spoken publicly about what happened but felt inspired to voice her experience in the wake of other women exposing the sexist behaviour of some men.

Barbour, who left the Scottish Football Writers Awards, tweeted about the speech that sparked the mass walk out.

“Never felt so unwelcome in the industry I work in than sitting at the Scottish Football Writers Awards. A huge reminder there is still so much to do in making our game an equal place.”

Fellow reporter and author Gabrielle Bennett echoed Barbour’s statement and hit out against the jokes made on the night.

“I was at these awards tonight and sat through the same sexist and racist jokes made by a keynote speaker. My table walked out at the same time Eilidh’s did.”

Murray admitted she was “dismayed but not surprised” when she heard of the offensive jokes at the Scottish Football Writers Awards.

She has urged women to continue to speak out against such behaviour in order to squash it.

“Far too often women are made to feel the world of sport is not for us and that our presence is neither welcome nor important. If we don’t make a noise nobody hears us. We have to call out injustices and unacceptable behaviour. I understand that now.”

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