The Diocese of Lichfield expresses its deep sadness at the death today of Jill Saward.
Jill was the wife of Gavin Drake who was the Director of Communications for Lichfield Diocese between 2002 and 2011. She lived in Staffordshire with Gavin and their three sons.
Julie Jones, Chief Executive Officer for the Diocese, said: Jill was a remarkable woman who fought so hard for victims of sexual violence. She will be remembered as a warrior for forgiveness.
She was someone who turned her own suffering into a force for good, speaking up for the voiceless.
Jill will be greatly missed by all of those who knew her. Our sympathies and prayers are with Gavin and their family at this tragic time.