A COURAGEOUS teenager has spoken out about her evil paedophile father, who repeatedly raped her multiple times a day for eight years, beginning when she was just six years old.
Shannon Clifton, who is now 18, waived her right to anonymity to speak out about the horrific abuse inflicted on her by depraved father Shane Ray Clifton, who also beat her so badly when he found out she was pregnant with his baby she miscarried aged just 11. She became pregnant once more two years later, and gave birth to a boy who is both her son and her brother. Clifton, 36, was jailed at Derby Crown Court in 2015, and will serve a minimum 15-year life sentence for rape.
It was just the start of a horrific ordeal which saw him rape her repeatedly, sometimes as often as four times a day.
Eventually, when she became pregnant, the twisted monster battered her unconscious and she lost the baby.
She fell pregnant again aged 13, at which point Clifton researched ways to make her miscarry, and forced her to perform exercise routines in a bid to ensure she did just that.
However, the truth eventually emerged when a suspicious school nurse tried to persuade her to take a pregnancy test.
Though Shannon refused, her father panicked and the pair went on the run, triggering a police manhunt before they were eventually tracked down six days later.
Two days after they were found, she gave birth – and police charged her father with rape.
At the time neither she nor he could be named for legal reasons – but Shannon was so brainwashed she shouted in court as his sentence was confirmed: “I love you Dad, I miss you.”
Speaking three years later, Shannon told the Mirror: “He stole my life.
“He turned it into a nightmare I couldn’t wake up from – raping and beating me for years. I was frightened and in pain every day.
“I hate my dad now, but I will always miss him because he was the only person I had throughout my whole childhood.”
Shannon’s parents split when she was five, and she went to live with her father, a refuse worker, who she said “poisoned her” against her mother.
She added: “He changed quickly. He’d scream if I did something he didn’t like, then it was a slap around the head.