THE elder sister of Shy Keenan last night waived her own right to anonymity to join her in speaking out about their years of torment.
Angela Scott, of Stanney Grange, Ellesmere Port, said she had been too terrified to make a complaint because of the possible consequences for her own daughter, until Ms Keenan appeared on Newsnight.
Ms Scott, now 40, said: "It has been like living through a nightmare these last 15 months.
"For 21 years I was convinced that my daughter was Stanley's child, but we had DNA tests done once he was picked up by the police and it turned out she wasn't.
" There was another chance to speak out when I was last interviewed in 1988 but I had to protect my 10-year-old.
" After the Newsnight programme went out, the police came to see if I would make a statement.
"I said I had a daughter to protect but my daughter said she was big enough to look out for herself and told me to let go."
Stanley Claridge was convicted of indecent assault against Ms Keenan in 1977.
The girl's mother had recently died and Claridge was sentenced to three years probation.
But as their stepfather, he remained the girls' legal guardian and they remained in his care.
Claridge had abused Ms Scott before the court proceedings in 1977 and continued to do so while he was on probation.
Ms Scott said: "After he was convicted in 1977, they handed us back to him.
"I didn't want to speak out then because Shy had been branded his tormentor and I didn't want to be tarred with the same brush. I was 15 and that is the way you think when you are a kid."
She added: "I don't have a lot to say about Wirral Social Services. Most of the people responsible are long gone and retired now.
"But I want t o say how grateful I am to the police officers in Operation Phoenix."
Despite her relief following the conviction of Claridge, Ms Scott remains anxious about the future.
She said: "They gave him 15 years but he will be out in seven. It does worry me that he will get out at the age of 79 and he will know where I am.
"After he was sentenced on Friday, we received two packages from him.
"The contents included some cash, a watch, a cross and chain, a bracelet and a My Guardian Angel necklace for me."..SUPL: