Last week, Mike Tyson, famous boxer and convicted rapist, opened up on talk radio to having been sexually assaulted as a child. The revelation is being taken as informing his earlier statements of how a drive to fight bullying informed his abilities as a boxer.
When asked, “Did you tell anyone?”, Tyson replied, “No, it’s nobody’s business to know.” And when asked, “Did you drastically change after that day?”, he answered, “I don’t know if I did or not.” Those are not unusual responses for victims of child sexual abuse, many of whom only touch on the topic openly much later in life (Tyson is 48). I thought this might be a good opportunity to share information about the Twitter hashtag #SexAbuseChat, where people do talk, share, and provide support on a weekly basis. Also, this makes a lovely introduction to “No More Shame” November, a month long focus on sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse awareness and advocacy.