Nadine Dorries: ‘I was sexually abused by our vicar aged 9’
She says she was abused by a vicar and family friend when she was just nine years old, living in an Irish-Catholic community in the 1950s and 60s.
The Anglican vicar, Reverend James Cameron, would pay frequent visits to her family – often after she was tucked up in bed – and perform sex acts.
She told the Mail on Sunday the abuse started when she was called to the vicarage, under the pretense of seeing the vicar’s stamp collection.
“But he moved from stamps to showing me a Playboy magazine, and then black-and- white pictures of him and his wife having sex.
“‘I didn’t know what sex was – I was only nine. But I remember thinking it was bad and wrong and I felt filled with shame. He told me he’d set up a camera in their bedroom.
“He asked me, “How does that make you feel in your tummy?” He said people would think badly of me if I told them about the pictures and that no one would want to talk to me.”
She could also remember two occasions where she’d woken up to find him exposing himself or performing sex acts near his bed – but she said there were many other incidents.
Dorries has recently published the third of four novels which draw on her experiences growing up.
She has previously denied suggestions the tales of abuse were based on real life – but finally admitted the link when she learned the evil vicar who carried out the attacks had died.
She said she’d included his name in the book in the hope it’d draw him out.
“I left a trail for him,” she told Sky News’ Murnaghan programme. “It was my revenge.”
She went on to praise campaigning MPs including Simon Danczuk and Tim Loughton, because “more people need to disclose as survivors, and the inquiry going forward is very important.”