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Year: 2009

Nothing to Hide Anymore

How One Man is Overcoming the Scars of Sexual Abuse One Day at a Time. I was sexually molested when I was 10 years old. It has taken me more than 35 years to be able to write the sentence you just read. It’s taken me just as long to be able to process what happened to me. I’m not over it, and I don’t think I ever will be. It’s part of me.

Greg LeMond’s emotional foray into victim’s advocacy started with a creepy, threatening phone call. “It was,” says the three-time Tour de France champion, “the sickest thing I’ve ever heard.”
The anonymous male caller made crude reference to a secret LeMond had shared only with family and a few close friends. He threatened to publicly disclose what LeMond had kept locked away in shame and embarrassment for most of his life: A painful past as a childhood victim of sexual abuse.

After being graciously invited to interview three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond last Saturday, I looked forward to hearing the thoughts of the man who inspired this columnist to buy a bicycle 24 years ago. While expecting to hear him talk about the similarities between this year’s tumultuous Tour and his own first win in 1986, what I got was much more.

LOS ANGELES – An innovative Online Hotline was launched today by “1in6, Inc.,” a nonprofit organization that offers support and resources for the estimated 18 million American men who suffer as a result of unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood.