My step-father came to live with us when I was 2. My mum said that I didn’t like him even then, so I must have sensed that he wasn’t a good person.

“He was a violent alcoholic who regularly beat my mum up. The sound of the key turning in the lock after he had been at the pub all day on a Sunday filled us all with dread.

“When I was 4 he asked me to perform a sex act on him. I’ll never forget that moment. I still remember what I was wearing. Afterwards he told me not to tell anyone. He said ‘Your mum won’t believe you, and if you do tell her I will kill you’.

“It carried on from there and got worse. He also made my brother and I do things to each other while he watched. I knew what he was doing was wrong. I kept fighting back and saying that I didn’t want to do it but he continued to beat me. I used to beg my mum to leave him but she said she didn’t know where else to go.

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