Sen. Scott Brown Says He Was Sexually Abused As A Child

Feb 16, 2011 4:29pm

ABC’s Matthew Jaffe Reports:

Original Post – 3:19pm ET – Sen. Scott Brown, R-MA, has revealed that he was sexually abused multiple times at the age of 10.

Brown told CBS News in an interview for “60 Minutes” that the abuse came at the hands of a camp counselor.

“Fortunately nothing was ever fully consummated, so to speak, but it was certainly back then very traumatic. He said, ‘If you tell anybody then I’ll kill you, you know, I will make sure no one believes you.’ And that’s the biggest thing – when people find people like me at that young vulnerable age who are basically lost, the thing that they have over you is they make you believe that no one will believe you,” Brown said in the interview.

“So you never reported it?” asked CBS’s Lesley Stahl.

“No. My mom will read about it for the first time. My wife hasn’t read about it. No, no I didn’t tell anybody. That’s what happens when you’re a victim. You’re embarrassed. You’re hurt.”

Brown also said that as a boy growing up in Wakefield, Mass., he also had to deal with physical and psychological abuse by his multiple step-fathers. Each of his parents were married four times and he has said that his father was not around very much.

In an interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters for “This Week” shortly after his election in January of 2010, Brown described the violence he encountered at home.

“My parents were both loving, and they still are,” Brown told Walters. “When they were divorced, I was one years old, but they were always there for me.  When I referred to the violence in the home, it was with my mom’s husband — a couple of husbands. And I do remember getting up in the middle of the night and, you know, having to be the man of the family and come and rescue her and getting knocked around pretty good.”

“And it’s made me appreciate my strong family and the fact that I have two great kids.  I’m not going to cry.  And, you know, I’ve learned from my parents’ mistakes to do everything that they may have done wrong. And it was from youth. It wasn’t from anything, you know, personal because they’re both great people, and I love them to death.”

“But I’ve tried to learn from their mistakes and have a sense of humor. You know, when things are getting stressful around the house, to be more patient, be more tolerant and just, you know, just be open with our relationship. So 23 years, I’ve been married, and my kids are 21 and 19.  And there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for them.”

“And I would probably think divorce would never have been an option in your life?” asked Walters.

“It never has come up,” replied Brown. “We’ve always had a — we’ve always gotten along so well. We — we respect each other. I respect her career. She

respects what I’m doing. We laugh and we have to. We kind of cry when we have to. We solve problems when we have to. I have to admit, I don’t know what I’d do, you know, she’s such an integral part of my life; you know, my kids come my family.”

Watch that interview here:


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Update – 4:29pm ET – Brown’s office issued a statement about the interview and his upcoming memoir “Against All Odds,” which is to be released Feb. 22.

“My book is about overcoming obstacles,” says Brown in the statement. “The physical and sexual abuse is in my book. It’s a part of my life, but it certainly isn’t the only part of my life story which I tell. My book will be out on Monday and I hope people will read it and be inspired by its message.”

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