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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Kelleway urges more to come forward in sexual harassment scandal

Gay Kelleway: claims 12 other women have contacted her
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Newmarket trainer Gay Kelleway, who recently made allegations of historic sexual harassment in her time as a jockey, has claimed that 12 others have contacted her to share their experiences since she came forward.

Speaking on Sky News, Kelleway said: "Some people I've heard from don't really want to come out. They say it's in the past and they don't want to rake it up again, which is fair enough. It's hard to rake that stuff up.

"Some feel humiliated coming out. Embarrassed. Dirty, I suppose, is a word you could use – but I think if they could come out and feel strong enough, I'd encourage them to speak up."

She added of her situation at the time: "I had no-one to reach out to, give me help or talk to and I couldn't talk to my parents because they were working and just on with their job. That's what you did."

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Asked if she expected further revelations, Racing Welfare's chief executive Dawn Goodfellow said: "The general atmosphere is that now people do feel more comfortable, so I'd be surprised if horseracing doesn't have one or two more people, at least, come forward because that would be representative of society as a whole."

The BHA's executive director Will Lambe also responded to Kelleway's latest claims, by saying: "We've been in touch with Gay to offer her support and advice but the behaviour outlined is contrary to the sport's values.

"We need people to come forward if they have been subject to such behaviour because it's not acceptable in our sport. The first thing is that people feel able to come forward in confidence."

Racing Welfare has urged anyone with concerns to call its helpline on 0800 6300 443. 

I think if they could come out and feel strong enough, I'd encourage them to speak up

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