It was what he called a “typical grooming story”.

“I was a shell, I shut down, I just existed,” he said.

Feeling trapped, he felt he had no choice but to stay. He managed to escape the situation when he was 18.

But it wasn’t until he went to counselling at 22 that he finally had the courage to report what took place. With the help of his partner and mother of his two children he went to the police.

The police reaction was one he will never forget.”The officer said ‘I’m failing to see a crime here’ and my partner lost it,” he said.