Nadine Dorries says: 'I was sexually abused at nine by our vicar... He made me feel like a child harlot'
Nadine Dorries (née Bargery) is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Mid Bedfordshire, in the UK.
The vicar, the late Reverend James Cameron of St Mary’s Anglican Church in Liverpool, pictured in 1991. dailymail
Nadine says of the abuse: "It has taken me 49 years to talk about it...
"I was not an innocent girl enjoying things in the way other children were.
"From a young age I was made to be different and ashamed.
"Even now, I fear that people will say it was me and that I must have done something wrong; that there was bad in me that made other men do that; that I was a child harlot.
"It happened more than once so what was it about me?"
Nadine's Liverpool - Portrait by Jude Edginton
Nadine was brought up in an Irish-Catholic community in Liverpool.
Her late father was an Irish-Catholic and her mother an Anglican Protestant.
She did not report the abuse to police.
Nadine has "found healing" in writing about her childhood in a novel.
Nadine in 1967, when she was being abused by the vicar. dailymail
Nadine says that child sexual abuse was 'absolutely rife' when she was younger, particularly in poorer communities.
Nadine says of the Reverend James Cameron: "He smelt of whisky and wore the long, black cassock and dog collar... He moved from stamps to showing me a Playboy magazine, and then black-and- white pictures of him and his wife having sex...
"Once I woke up in the night to find him performing a sex act near me. Another time when he was kneeling at the side of my bed he exposed himself..."
The Ballymara Road, by Nadine Dorries
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