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Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford, 61, has revealed she was sexually assaulted on the London Tube when she was just 11-years-old.
The star reflected on the frightening experiences she had when she was growing up, as admitted she was also followed and flashed at several times by “perverts and predators”.
Ruth, who is married to her This Morning co-star Eamonn Holmes, spoke out about her past following the tragic death of Sarah Everard, whose body was found in woodland near Ashford in Kent a week after she went missing.
She said: “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.
“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.”
She continued in her column for Best magazine: “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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