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In the latest episode of A Cup of Tea with Steven, Steven Smith talks to Ben Pearson. Ben, who has autism, has overcome anxiety, addiction, bullying, severe mental health issues (which led to his being sectioned) and horrific sexual assault to found a thriving fashion business. He is also an ambassador for autism charity Anna Kennedy Online, works closely with Born Anxious and is a committed advocate for Harvey’s Law.

In this interview – where, unusually, we’ve kept the camera on Ben’s face to emphasise his amazing story (fans of Steven will just have to make do with his introduction) – Ben talks about the abuse he experienced in the care-home system, how he overcame addiction and the scourge of online trolls. Not always a comfortable watch but ultimately uplifting and inspiring. Watch now.

Watch A Cup of Tea with Steven and Anna Kennedy.

Find out more about the parlous state of Britain’s care system – Rob Harkavy reviews The State of It by Chris Wild.

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