A victim of "Britain's worst paedophile" is speaking out about the horror abuse he experienced in an attempt to "release" others from stigma and shame.
Paul Wyatt, now 53, was one of potentially thousands of young boys abused by William Goad, who began molesting the boy in 1981 when he was just 11 and until he was 15.
Wyatt said: "Goad waged psychological warfare on his victims. A lot of them did things they didn't want to do, like introduce other boys to him to abuse because they were made to do so.
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"He made them think they were complicit in the abuse, and many of them still feel an immense amount of shame and guilt. Because of that he's managed to get their forever silence."
He added: "I want to expel that myth that they should be ashamed and break the cycle of silence."
Wyatt met his abuser after one of his school friends introduced them.
A self-made millionaire with an estimated fortune of £25million, Goad coaxed young boys into working for him unloading lorries at his discount stores in Plymouth, Devon, luring them in with high wages before turning on his victims.
Goad promised safety, protection and money to the young boy – but just weeks later trapped him in a room and forced him to perform a sexual favour.
Now, forty years later and sick of his decades of silence, Wyatt made the brave decision to pen a book about his harrowing experiences.
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He said: "For years and years I wanted to write a book, but I've never been in a stable enough mental condition to start putting pen to paper.
"Bringing it all up meant my mental health became so bad. I went to my GP and had specialist treatment to deal with the complex trauma.
"There are so many really big important questions that still need to be answered – like how did he get away with it for so long?"
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Goad's reign of abuse lasted 30 years, with his first recorded offence taking place in 1964 when he was just 19 years old.
Goad pleaded guilty to 14 counts of serious assault – now classed as rape – and two charges of indecent assault, although it is thought the real number of victims could be in the thousands, with up to 142 boys having been abused in just one year.
The court heard it was likely that "there has been no single defendant with more victims than this man," and that he had even boasted about the number of victims he managed to amass in just one year.
Two of his victims tragically took their own lives before the court case.
Goad was jailed for life in 2004 and died in prison in 2012 of natural causes.
Wyatt suffered immensely as a result of the abuse he was subjected to, dropping out of school at 15 and attempting to end his life three times.
Now he is raising money to pay for an editor to proofread his novel and get it to a publishable standard after his education and literacy skills took a hit thanks to the trauma he experienced.
He hopes his book will "give a voice to male rape victims".
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