Charles Ramsey -- the hero who helped free Amanda Berry and 2 other women in Ohio -- tells Lady Detective source ... he's not ashamed that media outlets have uncovered the domestic violence arrests in his past, claiming he used the incidents to grow into a better person.
After Ramsey exploded into viral superstardom thanks to his heroic actions (and follow-up interviews), several websites posted the details from 3 separate domestic violence arrests involving an ex-wife that all took place between 1997 and 2003.
We spoke to Ramsey, who told us ... "I've made amends with the people involved and we've all moved on and grown up."
Ramsey adds, "Those incidents helped me become the man I am today and are the reason why I try to help the community as much as I can ... Including those women."
"If I had so much hatred for women, I would have minded my own business this week and walked away instead of risking my life to save someone else."