A Lincoln University student has spoken out about how he overcame horrific childhood sexual abuse, in the hope he can encourage more people to seek help.
Rhys Dickinson, 22, was sexually and physically abused by a friend of the family when he was just six.
The predator was later convicted of sexually abusing three boys and jailed for 14 years in 2008.
Now, Rhys has waived his right to anonymity to tackle the taboo around male rape.
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Rhys is now an ambassador for children’s charity Embrace Child Victims of Crime, which helps children across the UK recover from serious crime. He credits them with helping him overcome his ordeal.
The 22-year-old, who is now studying a masters in Law, said:
He said that the decision to speak publicly was not easy but that it has ultimately helped him.
Rhys hopes his story will encourage other victims across the country to seek the help they need.
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