Sky Sports’ Charlie Webster opens up about childhood sexual, physical and mental abuse
Sky Sports News presenter has revealed that she was horrifically abused as a child and young teenager.
The blonde beauty, who formerly worked as a model and actress, spoke at the Empowering Women Awards with charity Women’s Aid last week and whilst at the event, gave an interview to the News Of The World, admitting that she has both witnessed and been a victim of sexual, physical and mental abuse.
Charlie told the publication:
“I am now ready to let people know what I went through as a child.
“I witnessed and experienced abuse by more than one person. I was very unhappy, confused and lonely. I became a bit like a zombie. Looking back, the mental abuse can take longer to get over.”
“I’ve always been very quiet about what happened to me because I’ve been scared and felt people would judge me.
“When it happened to me, I did not know where to turn.”
Although Charlie could not name or describe her abuser, she did admit that much of her trauma was inflicted by a man involved in her sports training, as she was then a keen young athlete.
The abuse had terrible repercussions for the star and she revealed that she went through a period of self harming, as she battled to cope with what was happening to her. Webster explained:
“I went through a phase of cutting myself. I’ve still got scars on my wrist.
“I thought I was worthless. I hated myself. You believe what is wrong is your fault.
“But I’ve learnt survival is the most powerful thing ever.”
“I want to show people you can come from anything and make something of yourself even if you are an abuse survivor.”