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Lincoln student speaks out about childhood sexual abuse

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:

I felt ashamed, I felt dirty. I was scared to leave the house, I never wanted to trust people, I found it hard to make friends, I was always angry. I had a lot of aggression built up.

– Rhys Dickinson

He said that the decision to speak publicly was not easy but that it has ultimately helped him.

It's hard to come to terms with it - but speaking out and telling people is probably the best thing I've ever done. It's given me courage, it's given me strength. I don't know where I'd be without it

– Rhys Dickinson

Rhys hopes his story will encourage other victims across the country to seek the help they need.

Rhys Dickinson Credit: Rhys Dickinson
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