In his recently released memoir, boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard revealed that he was sexually abused as a child by his trainer while training for the Olympics. I would like to commend Sugar Ray for overcoming what has perhaps been the most difficult battle of his life. Hopefully Sugar Ray’s revelation will send the message to other victims suffering from the pain of silence that it is not too late to begin the healing process.
For a great champion and strong public figure like Sugar Ray to shatter the stigma of sex abuse and let it be known that he too is a survivor, is a major step in not only convincing other survivors to do the same, but highlighting the profound need for parents to protect their children. What Sugar Ray can teach us is that any child is a potential sex abuse victim and unfortunately, any person in a child’s life is a potential abuser. For more information on steps you can take to protect your children from sex abuse please refer to my article, “Protecting Our Children”.