At Penn St., 'Sugar' Ray Says He Wants to Be Poster Child for Victims of Sex Abuse
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The boxer said he suffered sexual abuse at the hands of his coaches
"Sugar" Ray Leonard, the legendary boxer who won titles in five different weight classes, on Monday said he wanted to give beleaguered victims of sexual abuse someone to look to.
At a Penn State conference on sex abuse the former boxer recounted his own experiences with sexual abuse at the hands of coaches he trusted.
"I'm going to be the poster child," Leonard said to the audience.
Leonard said that he hoped he could encourage other victims to report abuse to police.
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"Trust is a very sacred thing, especially for young people, kids, or a young boxer, so I trusted these people, these individuals who impacted my life," said Leonard said. "They told me everything I wanted to hear, and more."
Leonard's remarks came at a conference on child sex abuse hosted by Penn State University. The school and community are still reeling weeks after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to prison for 30 to 60 years for sexually assaulting 10 boys he befriended through his charity for at-risk youth.