Former World Boxing Heavyweight Champion, Mike Tyson, has revealed how he suffered a horrific sexual abuse as a child.
The father of eight spoke about walking down the street when he was only 7 and an old man snatched him off the street.
He said he was bullied and sexually abused until he finally managed his escape.
The former boxing champion said he never saw the man again and he kept his abuse secret for fear that he will be judged.
Tyson, who spoke in an interview with ESPN opened up about how he has come to terms with the abuse.
He said he believes much of his anger comes from the experience, adding that he learned to be strong so no one will ever pick on him again.
When asked why he so rarely mentioned the incident, he replied, “It was no one’s business to know, people just don’t talk about it because to some people they believe it’s demasculating them.
“I learned that it doesn’t make you any less of a man because it happened.”
Asked if the event changed his person, Mike Tyson answered, “I don’t know if it did or not… I don’t always remember, but maybe I do but I don’t. I’m not ashamed or embarrassed by it.”