A brave woman has shared the abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of her father – who turned out to be a prolific paedophile.

Jordanna-Leigh Evans, 26, of West Yorkshire, has spoken of the abuse – which began when she was four years old – in a bid of helping others.

She has said the sexualised relationship with her father, David Evans, 51, felt ‘normal’ growing up because it was all she knew.

And Jordanna, who has waived her right to anonymity, revealed she was only rescued when a friend of hers reported him after seeing bruises on Jordanna-Leigh’s body.

David also sexually assaulted other girls under the age of 16 – and is now in prison.

Jordanna-Leigh said: ‘David was really attentive and caring, but not in the correct way for a dad.

‘We had a few comments from others, such as his local people, saying he treated me more like a wife than his kid.

‘I felt like I was inside some sort of cult, as it was our “own world” and he taught me things which weren’t correct, that I believed, as I had no other choice.

‘Even to this day, I’m only noticing certain aspects of life which aren’t deemed “normal”.’

David, who is now serving a minimum eight year term for his crimes – controlled every aspect of Jordanna-Leigh’s life.

The pair lived in ‘dirty’ conditions, staying at hostels for months on end.

As well as the abuse, David would also force his daughter to watch porn with him, leaving the young girl ‘distressed’.

She said: ‘I was too young to understand porn, but I found it distressing.

‘Because I didn’t have anyone to tell me this wasn’t right, I wasn’t sure how to feel, but I knew I didn’t like it.

‘He kept telling me he was only doing all of this because he loved me, it was sickening… but I believed him.

‘I was only a child, but I knew how to hide my emotions.

‘I turned off any emotion or thoughts just to get through it.’

Aside from his sexual crimes, David also regularly physically and mentally ‘abused’ his daughter, with his ‘extreme’ mood swings quickly became unpredictable.

Jordanna-Leigh felt extremely isolated and was thrilled at making a first real friend.

And it was this friend – who noticed bruises on Jordanna-Leigh’s leg – that informed the police about him.

Jordanna-Leigh was then placed in foster care – but did not take it well.

She said: ‘I was called into the school office and informed I was being placed into foster care, but I wasn’t happy about the decision.

‘Even though he did all these horrible things to me, he was all I knew and I felt uncomfortable going somewhere completely different out of my weird comfort zone.’

Despite her initial concerns, Jordanna-Leigh, who was 12 at the time, soon felt ‘relieved’ to escape her dad’s clutches.

In a bid to find comfort, she sought out her estranged mother on Facebook, who was living in the US, and soon moved out of foster care to live with her.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.

Jordanna-Leigh said: ‘Our relationship failed and we no longer speak.

‘I imagined this amazing mother-daughter bond we would have because of all the years lost, but this wasn’t the case.’

David eventually paid for his crimes, being taken to Leeds Crown Court in 2011.

There, the full extent of his heinous crimes was revealed.

In total, he admitted to 10 offences of making indecent photographs of children.

The jury also found him guilty of five counts of sexual assault on three girls under 16.

He was jailed for life with a minimum of eight years, while Jordanna-Leigh has been left to pick up the pieces of her life.

Now with a partner and a stay-at-home mother of two, she says the scars from her past impact every aspect of her life.

And she says she is still struggling to process what happened to her.

She said: ‘I struggled to understand my emotions when I was a kid, and I still don’t really get them now.

‘I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD, major depression, and I struggle with constant nightmares as well as anxiety.

‘I struggle building relationships with others, as I’m scared to let people in. It’s all impacted my life massively.

‘With partners, I struggle with showing emotion and I have difficulty looking at sex in a ‘normal’ way.

‘I also worry about this happening to my children, so I’m constantly on alert.’

She said that she ‘grateful’ for her friend coming forward as a child.

She added: ‘I’m not going to let what my dad did taint my life any longer.

‘No child, or human, should ever have to go through what I’ve been through.

‘The greatest gift I could have ever received was eventually becoming a mother.

‘Without them, I wouldn’t be here, as they give my life meaning.’

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