April 8, 2019 11.13 am This story is over 32 months old

Child sex abuse victim raises thousands for charity

He “feared for his life” and now wants to help others

A Lincoln man who suffered years of child sex abuse has raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Rhys Dickinson, a student at the University of Lincoln, previously told The Lincolnite that he was just just eight-years-old when the abuse started.

He was “scared for his life” and would come home from school in Suffolk to beatings and years of sexual attacks.

The inspirational student managed to escape when he was 11-years-old and is now helping others to do the same.

Along with his athletics teammates, Rhys ran the City of Lincoln 10K and raised £2,650 for Embrace Child Victims of Crime (CVoC).

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He wants to use his experience to help others. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“I am so proud of this team,” he said after the Lincoln 10K. “The support they have given me in helping share my story and raising awareness for Embrace CVoC is phenomenal.

“It shows that you really can make a difference and if we work together we can really help create change and give child victims of crime hope. Together let’s create a brighter future.”

Rhys credits CVoC with turning his life around. He was nominated with other child victims for a holiday to America which helped him come to terms with the abuse.

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