A campaigner who came forward with allegations of historical sexual abuse said it was “surreal” to receive a national award from the Prince of Wales on Wednesday.
Dylan England, 26, was given the honour at a star-studded ceremony organised by the Prince’s Trust, a charity set up by Prince Charles in 1976 to help troubled young people into employment and education.
Describing the “systematic abuse” he suffered as a child, England said he came forward seven years ago after he noticed the same “cycle of abuse” being inflicted on a new generation of children.
He was forced to give evidence for two days in court, and received a backlash from some people he knew.
He sank deep into mental illness and says he was “bounced” between medical services, told by his GP that he was too ill for them, and told by mental health services that he was “not ill enough”.