A TEENAGER who was repeatedly raped by her own dad from the age of six has spoken out about her horrific abuse.
Shannon Clifton, who gave birth to her vile father’s baby aged 13, says she wants to help others see “the light at the end of the tunnel”.
The 19-year-old, is piecing her life back together after suffering horrific treatment at the hands of her dad, Shane Ray Clifton.
Brave Shannon, from Derby, was raped up to four times a day during eight years of abuse that robbed her of her childhood.
The horrific abuse only came to an end when Shannon was 14 after twisted Shane Ray Clifton, 36, was jailed for 15 years in 2015.
But Shannon has since been shocked to discover the former binman’s sentence had been reduced to ten years.
The student, who bravely waived her right to anonymity, told of how she went to live with her dad, aged five, when her parents split up.
She said: “It was nice at first but he started getting abusive. I would come home from school and he started to hit me. I just got used to it in the end.
“Then it started becoming sexual. There was one time in the front room on the floor. I’ve tried to block it out so I don’t remember it all.”
Shannon said she used to go to school “with bruises all over” but was instructed to tell teachers she had been play fighting with her cousins.
She revealed that after she and her dad moved house again, things got even worse saying: “When I was younger it was just once or twice here and there but then it started becoming every day, then a few times a day.”
Shannon said she was often raped before and after school and sometimes in the middle of the night.
FIRST PREGNANCY AGED 11
She said: “I only understood what sex was when I was about nine and we were learning about it at school.
“I was shocked because I thought, that’s what my dad does to me.”
Shannon said her dad treated her as his wife. He regularly asked her to clean the house and make his dinner from the age of nine.
When Shannon was 11, she noticed her body starting to change and realised she was pregnant.
She said: “For a while I didn’t tell him. But when I did finally tell him, he beat me up.”
She worked out that she was around 28 weeks pregnant when she lost the baby.
In December 2012, Shannon was expecting again and once more lost the baby, but the next year was pregnant again with her third.
She said things came to a head at the end of her pregnancy saying: “He had just raped me upstairs and I was screaming and crying.
“I ran downstairs and I got a big knife and thought, if I stab myself straight in the heart the baby won’t die, and I don’t have to put up with this anymore.
“But I needed to be there for my child. If it was a girl, he could’ve ran off with her too.”
Her dad told her when the baby was born, he would kill him.
When she got into hospital, the day before she gave birth, nurses told Shannon she was over 39 weeks pregnant.
Shannon kept her child for a year but gave him up for adoption at the age of one “because he needed a better life”.
But she hopes to have a relationship with him when he grows up.
Shannon now hopes to move abroad to start a new life.
She is now studying forensic psychology with the Open University and planning to release her book, The Monster I Loved, before the end of the year.
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