"Suicide was on my mind for years": Boxer Callum Hancock reveals shocking rape ordeal when he was 10 at the hands of 14-year-old school bully
Boxer Callum Hancock waived his right to anonymity so he could encourage other victims to speak out while Lyttle pleaded guilty in Derby Crown Court to buggery and incident assault
Boxer Callum Hancock has won many fights, but his toughest one was not inside the ring. He recently opened up about being raped at the tender age of 10 by a 14-year-old boy who bullied him. He also revealed that the trauma of the attack brought him close to suicide, reports the Daily Mail. Hancock was abused by Jason Lyttle, who told Hancock "this is what happens at big school" before raping him inside a play den near his childhood home in Sheffield about 17 years ago.
According to reports, Hancock waived his right to anonymity so that he could encourage other victims to speak out while Lyttle pleaded guilty in Derby Crown Court to buggery and two counts of incident assault. According to reports, he is currently awaiting sentencing.
Hancock revealed during his interview with Victoria Derbyshire for BBC that Lyttle had been bullying him long before the rape incident. Lyttle beat him with sticks and even locked him in a garage once. Once, back in 2001, Hancock had crawled under the fence in his garden when he saw Lyttle.
"I tried making it back under the fence but he wouldn't let me and grabbed me," Hancock said to Victoria. "He was absolutely adamant in helping me make a den, he even got a hammer and nails and helped me make a den, and that's where he sexually abused and raped me."
Talking about the attack, Hancock told the Mirror that Lyttle smirked and said "This is what happens when you go to a big school... it's a bit like smoking – everyone does it." As per the publication, Hancock's rape incident was followed by a number of sexual assaults before a house move ended the abuse for the young child. However, even after the trauma of the actual abuse, Hancock's pain was not necessarily over.
"I can remember being a child - 11, 12, 13 - questioning whether because I had been with a man it meant I was gay," said Hancock. "I was so confused. Then from 13, 14 to my mid-20s I was filled with so much rage and anger."
"I thought I was going to take it to the grave to me"— Victoria Derbyshire (@VictoriaLIVE) September 24, 2018
Boxer Callum Hancock was raped as a child.
For years he thought he would end up taking his own life, or killing the perpetrator. pic.twitter.com/dv2S7VJ0Jt
However, in March, things came took a turn when Hancock received news of one of his close friend's death by suicide. "I stood by his grave thinking 'I'm going to join you son'... suicide and murder were what I had in mind for many years. I was so confused inside."
At the ripe age of 23, Hancock let out his anger on a doorman and left him with a broken jaw and eye socket. Because of his childhood anger bubbling on the forefront of his boxing career, he spent six months in prison for grievous bodily harm and was suspended from boxing. It was around this time that Hancock spotted his abuser at one of the shops, but his girlfriend and his best friend took him home to prevent him from getting into more trouble. Hancock insisted on seeing him again, but Lyttle lied, "I just can't remember."
The middleweight boxer told the story of his rape to his 49-year-old father Nigel, who encouraged his son to go speak to the police on the matter. After a police investigation, Lyttle, who belongs to Marsh Lane, Sheffield, admitted to three assaults. Hancock revealed that the news of Lyttle's admission made him feel "like I can keep living again."