A WOMAN has told how she was known as "the girl who slept with her stepdad" after she was groomed and abused by her mum's boyfriend.

Kyra Ivey, 20, says Scott Taylor had been attacking her as a teen for years without anyone knowing.

Evil Taylor was last year jailed for six years and placed on the sex offenders’ register after pleading guilty to sexual activity with a family member.

Now Kyra has bravely waived her anonymity to tell the story of the abuse she endured.

Taylor, now in his late 30s, had moved into the family home when she was six or seven and controlled her throughout her childhood.

He subjected her to violence including a baseball bat attack when she was 14.

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Kyra told Cornwall Live: “When I was 16 I was living with him after he and my mum had broken up. It all came out after he beat me badly.

“Sex came to the point when I consented, but not because I wanted it, but because it was easier to say yes than get pinned down. I was tied up, beaten and filmed.

“I lost my virginity to him and I was so young I didn’t know any different. I thought it was normal and what relationships were meant to be like. I remember going into school and thinking it was odd my friends weren’t having sex but as I got older I realised things weren’t right.

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“I never said anything because he’d threaten to kill my family.”

Kyra said no one seemed to notice the horrors she was living through.

She explained: “My mum never suspected anything. He was never like this with her. They were a happy family and they had a child together. 

“We were always close and that’s where the grooming comes in. My mum feels a lot of guilt but it’s very difficult for her.

“In school it affected my behaviour. I didn’t talk much and didn’t have friends as I was afraid I’d say something I wasn’t allowed to and get into trouble. I was arguing with everyone and was very violent but I’m a different person now.”

How you can get help

Whenever it happened to you, it’s never too late to get support.

If you’ve ever experienced sexual violence or sexual abuse, you can get confidential support from specialists who will listen to you, believe you and understand how hard it is to talk about.

As a victim, you’re entitled to support whether you report the crime or not.

Your rights are set out in full in the Victims’ Code.

Visit gov.uk/sexualabusesupport to see the support on offer.

Now Kyra says that by speaking out she hopes to empower other sexual abuse survivors. 

She said: “It’s been a long time coming, I wish that somebody had spoken to me.

“If I’d had really understood what was happening I’m sure I’d have been more confident to come out and speak about it. The sad reality is that it’s normal and happening to a lot of people. People need to feel it’s okay to speak out.

“For so long it came with embarrassment and shame. A lot of people knew me as the person who shagged their stepdad but they don’t know what really happened. He’ll likely be coming out next year and I don’t want people to be fooled by him – ever.

“He used to tell me he loved me and he’d fallen in love with me. When I told him I’d slept with somebody else I was beaten.”

Contact the Samaritans

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, contact The Samaritans on 116 123.

They are available for free at anytime.

Or email https://www.samaritans.org/

Kyra says the court process was particularly traumatic with numerous hearings adjourned due to Taylor’s excuses, and after gearing herself up to give evidence, Taylor entered a guilty plea just before his trial. 

She said: “Before he was remanded he didn’t turn up for court so there was a warrant out for his arrest. He eventually handed himself in but there was no comeuppance and he didn’t get into trouble.

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“He kept making excuses why he couldn’t come to court. He wasn’t just f***ing with me, he was f***ing with the court. Changing his plea at the last minute was pretty traumatic and I then had to wait two months for sentence. It was horrendous.

“I’m sick of hearing about things like this happening and sharing my story is my way of helping.”

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