Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey has revealed she was raped at the age of 12 but kept the attack secret for 43 years.The multi-millionaire said she she was sexually abused as a youngster by a man near her parents' pub in Lancashire.
Mrs Devey wrote:
He just wouldn't stop and however much I kept trying to push him away, he didn't take any notice .. I felt fear rise inside me when he started pulling at the school shirt I'd left on after changing my skirt for jeans. "Please don't," I cried.
Mrs Devey built up a multi-million pound empire after launching her firm Pall-Ex in 1996, selling her car and home to fund it.
She joined the team of business gurus on television series Dragons' Den last year.