- TV presenter Charlie, 38, was 15 when her running coach sexually assaulted her
- When Charlie was 19 his coach Paul North was sentenced to ten years in prison
- She tracks down other members of the running club in a new BBC documentary
- cried remembering the horrific attack in the emotional scene
Former Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster wept as he recalled the horrific abuse at the hands of his running coach in a new BBC documentary.
Webster, now 38, was abused at age 15 by her athletics coach, Paul North, who was convicted in 2002 of multiple counts of one count of sexual assault and rape and sentenced to ten years in prison.
In the BBC’s new documentary Nowhere to Run: Abused by Our Coach, Charlie first attacks her by North, revealing that he lured her into a private session on the pretext of helping her improve bladder control.
At the time Charlie, who has presented Sky Sports News and Sky Sports boxing coverage, was living with a violent and controlling stepfather and occasionally wet himself in his bedroom, causing him to lose his bladder function. There were problems.
She recalled that she was ‘frozen’ out of fear that North had sexually assaulted her, and added that because the assault ‘wasn’t done in a violent way’ it was more difficult to detect, adding that ‘people get in your head. I can’t see the bruises’.
In the BBC’s new documentary Nowhere to Run: Abused by Our Coach, Charlie Webster wept as he recalled the horrific abuse at the hands of his running coach.
At age 15, the presenter was abused by her athletics coach, Paul North, (left), who was convicted in 2002 of multiple counts of one count of sexual assault and rape and sentenced to ten years in prison.
She said, ‘I needed the toilet a lot, it actually stemmed from home because I was really scared of my stepfather so sometimes I wouldn’t go to the toilet and I would wet myself in my room’, he said.
‘Going to the toilet became a really bad thing for me, it became a problem in training. My coach contacted me about this, he told me “I know you’re having difficulty going to the toilet, the problem is the muscles around your bladder are weak. I know what’s going to help you “.
‘I was so desperate that someone would take him, this was the first time he told me to take off my pants and with one hand and with a lot of pressure, bent my knees and put his fingers inside me.
‘I remember thinking “It’s not cool, it’s uncomfortable but it’s going to help me, it’s going to solve that problem.”
She got emotional, saying: ‘I guess sometimes I’m just “What is this, what should I do?” And focus only on the ceiling.
She recalled that she was ‘frozen’ out of fear that North had sexually assaulted her, and added that because the assault ‘wasn’t done in a violent way’ it was more difficult to detect, adding that ‘people get in your head. I can’t see the bruises’
Charlie had cut off all contact with the girls from his running club in Sheffield (pictured), but decided to track them down and contact them in the BBC documentary.
‘I guess I’ll just take myself away. He talked to me the whole time, I almost wished it was done violently, because then it wouldn’t be so confusing and people would see bruises, people don’t see bruises in your head. I felt so alone.’
Charlie never tells any of his friends at the running club, some of whom are even being abused by North, and says that it ‘became my own secret that I really pushed down a lot’.
He was arrested when Charlie was 19 and recalled reading a newspaper article detailing his crimes: ‘It was only then that I realized I was not the only one he had abused. I just felt very embarrassed.
She later said: ‘Over the years my coaches really got into my head. I knew it was wrong but I didn’t know what to call it. I understood only after reading the newspaper at the age of 19 that he groomed me and abused me.
Charlie had cut off all contact with the girls from his running club in Sheffield, but decided to contact them after receiving an email from a friend’s mother saying that her daughter had also been abused by the coach. had gone.
A friend of Charlize’s, who wished to remain anonymous, was raped in her own home when North came for a ‘private session’.
Charlie said, ‘We were fat as thieves and mainly walked around his house and listened to Lauren Hill. ‘I can’t believe we were both being abused and we didn’t know. Why have we never told anyone? Why did I never tell anyone?’
The friend, who wanted to remain anonymous, was raped in her own house after Uttar came for a ‘private session’.
Her mother said: ‘Why was she allowed to train alone and take her to private sessions? I guess that’s how it started for her, he started massaging her feet and it apparently got worse until he raped her.
‘She’s never recovered from it, never, hasn’t had her life for 20 years. He got jail sentence but still he came out and lived his life my daughter never had. I will take it to my grave and my daughter will take it to her grave.’
Charlie also spoke to his mother about the abuse, admitting that she never spoke about it again after initially revealing the trauma and was ‘pushed like it never happened’.
Her mother admitted that their abusive stepfather made it difficult for the pair to speak properly about the issue, admitting: ‘It was very difficult to recognize what was going on in the house, to recognize it. it was hard.’
Charlie met Becky Lynn (pictured), who represented Great Britain and won a bronze medal in the 800 meters at the 2006 European Athletics Championships.
Charlie also met with the man who first reported North’s misbehavior to the police and testified against him in court.
He later added: ‘When you first…