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.