Rape victim forced to perform sex act on dog says Jeremy Kyle appearance encouraged other women to report abuse

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A brave sex attack victim who spoke out on national television about her ordeal hopes her horrific story will help others escape the clutches of abusers.

Samantha Miller, 35, was subjected to sickening attacks at the hands of depraved pervert Sean Johnstone.

Sam was raped and beaten as the vile attack was streamed live on the internet. She had a knife held to her throat as Johnstone threatened to kill her unless she performed a sex act on his Rottweiler dog and punched her in the stomach as she was pregnant with his child.

This week, Sam – who first waived her anonymity earlier this year to tell the Echo about her hell with Johnstone – appeared on ITV’s Jeremy Kyle.

She said: “I went on television because I want my story to be heard by as many people as possible.

“No matter how hard it is, I thought I had to do it. People need to see how others suffer in the world and how important it is to help anyone you think may be the victim of abuse.

Sean Johnstone

Sean Johnstone

“It was very nerve-wracking but my aim is to help get people out of abusive situations. Jeremy Kyle was very sympathetic and very understanding, I was 100% sure it was important to speak out.

“I know the damage it has done to me. I know I will never get better and will have to learn to cope with what happened.

“Since the show people are saying it has given them the courage to leave abusive partners, to face them in court. If my appearance has given people the courage and power to do that, then I’m happy.

“My story is harrowing. People have said ‘if you can speak out, we can too’. I’ve told them it will be hard but I hope they can do it.”

Samantha Miller, a victim of convicted rapist  Sean Johnstone

Samantha Miller, a victim of convicted rapist Sean Johnstone

Sam, who lives on Wearside with her six-year-old daughter, began her relationship with Johnstone in 2006, and he soon started to control her life.

Johnstone, 43, of Wharton Terrace, Hartlepool, was jailed for 17 and a half years at Teesside Crown Court two years ago for attacks on Sam and another woman after a jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on all 27 counts.

The charges included rapes, indecent assaults, and possessing hundreds of images of child pornography and extreme pornography featuring animals.

Speaking on the show, she told viewers: “I need to talk about it to make people realise how bad something like that can get.

“When I was pregnant, he raped and beat me. I need to do this for myself and others.”

Sam told the audience how the attacks were filmed and live streamed on the internet and how she believes the ordeal was watched by thousands of people.

“He got a Rottweiler and tried to force the Rottweiler to do things that a man would do to a lady at knifepoint,” she added.

“If you are in a relationship and get a feeling of walking on eggshells – that’s the time to get out. I ignored that feeling. No one deserves to suffer like that. They have to get out now.”

During the interview, Sam told how Johnstone continued the attacks despite finding out she was pregnant.

“I felt dirty, violated, degraded,” Sam said.

When her child was born prematurely, Sam escaped and was eventually able take Johnstone to court, where he was later sentenced.

Show host Jeremy Kyle told her she was the bravest woman he had ever met.

He added: “You are unbelievable. There are people in this world who say that anybody can change and everybody should get a second chance. But I think as a society we need to accept that there are evil people. People who are beyond help and don’t deserve the right to live in a civilised society.

“If one person watching this runs for the hills through the strength they get from you, that is amazing.”