Judy Murray has revealed that she was indecently assaulted by a drunken executive at a function.
The tennis coach, the mother of Andy and Jamie Murray, said that a man she was sitting next to had thrust his hand down her trousers, with the incident leaving her feeling “sick to my stomach” and “disgusted”.
She publicly revealed the assault, which she said took place eight years ago at an event for an educational organization in Scotland, in response to a row over sexism in sport north of the border.
Leading female journalists last weekend walked out of a Scottish Football Writers’ Association awards dinner after a speaker booked for the event told a series of sexist and racist jokes on stage.
Ms Murray, 62, wrote in her column in The Sunday Post that she knew from experience that there was still “an unacceptable level of sexism and misogyny in sport.”
She said she had been assassinated “by a very senior person” from a “major educational establishment” that organized the event, where she was speaking on an after-dinner panel.
“Towards the end of the meal, it was clear he had had quite a bit to drink and he put his hand firstly on my knee,” Ms Murray said.
“I didn’t know what to do so 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.
‘I wanted to throw up’
“At that point, I got up and went straight to the bathroom. I wanted to throw up. I was totally disgusted and didn’t know what to do ”.
She said she stayed in the toilets “for ages” and did not go back into the room until it was time for her to speak on stage. She said after she had done so she walked back to her table to get her bag and left.
“I spoke to nobody,” she added. “The incident left me feeling sick to my stomach for a long time. I have never spoken of this before but maybe I should have. ”
Last weekend Eilidh Barbour, a BBC sports presenter, said she had “Never felt so unwelcome in the industry I work in” after attending the Scottish Football Writers’ Association.
Ms Murray said she had also been humiliated at the Scottish Sports Awards in 2004, which she attended to pick up an award on behalf of Andy.
She said she had not realized the event was black tie so was “totally underdressed”. After the host made a joke about her clothes, she said she wanted “the ground to swallow me up” and then rejected invitations to similar functions “for fear of saying, doing or wearing the wrong thing.”
She added: “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. Decent people should say enough. And it shouldn’t always be women. “