But her mother never believed her

Janet Street-Porter has admitted she was touched inappropriately at the age of 10 by a hairdresser.

The journalist revealed the shocking news on Loose Women after allegations about broadcast Celement Freud hit the press. She also admitted to her mother Cherry Ardern didn’t believe her when she was told.

Speaking to the panel, the 69-year-old said: ‘When I was about 9 or 10, in Fulham, my mother used to take my sister and I to a hairdresser to get our hair cut.

‘This hairdesser touched me in a way that was completely inappropriate, you were kind of in a cubicle and no one could see. He his hands down the front of my dress and I just thought, “This isn’t right.”

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‘I was about 10, I went home and told my mother, and she immediately said, “Don’t make this up.” She absolutely didn’t believe me.’

Loose Women has enabled many of the panelists like Janet Street-Porter to open up about their abuse in the past. Penny Lancaster, who is married to Rod Stewart, cried when she revealed she was attacked on a subway as a schoolgirl.

‘I had a very unfortunate incident,’ she told the panel.

‘I had been at choir practice the day before. I was attacked under a subway. Being tall and strong I managed to fight this man off who pulled my skirt off and wrestled with me.

‘There are a lot of evil men who prey on people and it has nothing to do with what they wear.

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‘Parents are encouraged to do car pools, going in groups. But children should definitely be advised not to travel alone.’

If you’ve been affected by any of the issues discussed, you can find help, advice and support at the Stop It Now! as well as the Samaritans.

@TomCapon