NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he decided to "take a chance" and share his story of childhood sexual abuse in hopes of helping other victims.
He recounts the assaults for the first time in his book, Love & Courage, released today.
Singh says he was abused when he was 10 years old, by a martial-arts instructor.
He tells The Canadian Press he feels a responsibility to use his national platform in a way that could do some good.
He also says his childhood experiences have helped him to handle public scrutiny as a national political leader.
Singh says that even if he endures a lot of criticism, the experience isn't "nearly as bad" as what he's lived through before.