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The young boy, physically and sexually abused by his own family and told that he would never amount to anything, ran away when he was 10. Sleeping under what he called the "Market Street Hilton" -- the fountain at the intersection of Market and 5th streets -- Tom Simmons had nowhere else to go. "I had an abusive father that liked to beat on me and had an older brother that would occasionally sexually assault me, and I just felt safer living on the street in Wilmington than at home," he says.

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