Exclusive interview with Britain's boxing champion
Throughout his professional career, British boxing champion Kevin Lueshing proudly fought with the initials NSPCC sewn on to his shorts. But until now, he never dared to talk about the harrowing childhood secret that haunted him almost every day.
Kevin Lueshing, boxing champion, said:
"Shortly after I became a professional boxer, I saw a very moving TV advert for the NSPCC, which featured a frightened boy alone in a room. I was transfixed by that image: that boy looked like me.
"I saw in his eyes my own fear, the room was bleak and dark and that sensation of being surrounded by gloom was so familiar. He was trapped with no ray of light anywhere - just like I had been.
"For the first time I realised I wasn't the only person who had suffered as a child. I also realised that here was an organisation reaching out. An organisation that understood what a child can go through, what abuse really is, and was now defiantly telling the world: we are fighting to protect children like this.
"I wasn't ready to tell the world then what had happened to me. But I made the decision there and then to always fight with the initials NSPCC stitched on to my shorts. I was so proud I did that, even though I never explained the real reasons why."