This is the moment a Wigan woman appeared on national television to confront the man who abused her.
Sara Worrall went on The Jeremy Kyle Show on ITV this morning (Monday) to speak to her stepfather Gordon Heaton, who indecently assaulted her as a youngster.
Introducing the show, host Jeremy Kyle said: “This is perhaps one of the most shocking stories we have ever had on The Jeremy Kyle Show.”
Heaton, 75, was jailed for 11 months last December at Liverpool Crown Court for indecently assaulting Sara when she was just 10-years-old.
He pleaded guilty at first but then applied to the court to change his plea, which was rejected.
He had a previous similar conviction in 1964.
I feel uneasy with you being here so you know what, go somewhere else because there’s a disgusting horrible smell on this studio floorJeremy Kyle
Speaking on The Jeremy Kyle Show, Sara said Heaton threatened to have her put in care if she told anyone what had happened.
Sara said she turned to drink and drugs.
Years later when Sara saw Heaton had a photograph of her own son, she came forward and told her mother what had happened.
There were boos from the audience as Heaton was introduced on stage.
He denied abusing Sara and a note on the screen said he had pleaded guilty as he believed it would result in a better outcome for the case.
Sara repeatedly asked why he had abused her, but he continued to deny it.
There were heated exchanges on stage between Sara, Heaton and family members, with security guards stepping between them at times.
Jeremy Kyle said he did not believe what Heaton said.
He told him: “I feel uneasy with you being here so you know what, go somewhere else because there’s a disgusting horrible smell on this studio floor.”
Sara Worrall last year waived her right to anonymity to speak out about what Gordon Heaton had done.
She spoke to the Evening Post about what happened with her former stepfather.
It was also a bid to encourage other victims to report their abusers to the police.
And she again urged other people who have been abused to speak out when she appeared on The Jeremy Kyle Show.
She said: “People out there who have had this done to you, come forward because it will help you.”
Presenter Jeremy Kyle also encouraged other victims of sexual abuse to speak to a loved one and get support for what had happened.