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Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown: I was sexually abused as a child by camp counselor (with video)

From CBS News:

Sen. Scott Brown reveals he was sexually abused as a child several times by a camp counselor in a "60 Minutes" interview with Lesley Stahl. The Massachusetts Republican also talks to Stahl about physical abuse suffered at the hands of stepfathers, in one case saying he would like to have purchased the house where it occurred just so he could "burn it down.'

The interview will be broadcast this Sunday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.


Associated Press

BOSTON -- Sen. Scott Brown has revealed he was sexually abused as a child several times by a camp counselor and has detailed physical abuse by a stepfather.

The Republican senator from Massachusetts made the revelations in an interview to air Sunday night on the CBS program "60 Minutes."

Brown says the camp counselor threatened to kill him if he disclosed the sexual abuse.

"He said, 'If you tell anybody ... I'll kill you. I will make sure nobody believes you,'" Brown said in the interview.

Brown also said he looked into buying a home where his stepfather had physically abused him just so he could "burn it down."

Brown said that being physically abused at home and being the product of broken homes made him more vulnerable to sexual predators.

"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," he said.

Brown added that even his mother did not know about the sexual abuse.

"That's what happens when you're a victim. You're embarrassed. You're hurt," he said.

Brown emerged on the national political scene with his improbable victory in the race for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's seat. He details the childhood trauma in a new book, "Against All Odds."


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I am totally curious why this should be appearing as a gay issue. Is Mr. Rothaus implying, incorrectly, that pedophiles are homosexual?

Cher, thanks for writing.

No one has said that gay equals pedophile.

The Scott Brown story is of great interest to both the general public and gay readership. That's why it's also on the Advocate.com and Truth Wins Out homepages.



He is not the first, and trgically he won't be the last. That took a lot of guts to come forth with this, but I can only imagine that the pain is that much worse.

And today we see where that rat b@st@rd killed his stepdaughter and threw acid on her twin brother. Foster parent, step parent, camp counselor, clergy, teacher, whatever. If you do this to children, stop it, and turn yourself in. ( Fat chance, I know)
How can this be stopped?

No wonder Scott Brown acts so gay. It figures.

So, in your world view, the "gay readership" is not a sector of the general public? I had not realized we were working so hard to remain segregated. I must immediately have my houseboy destroy 99% of the daily NYTimes and deliver to me only those articles which are devoted to "gay" issues. Chop chop, Marcel.

There is, incidently, a huge difference between what I wrote and what you converted it to. Pedophile=Gay is vastly different than Gay=Pedophile. You ought to be ashamed.

Cher, thanks for sharing your opinions.


Posted by: Manny | February 16, 2011 at 05:14 PM

"No wonder Scott Brown acts so gay. It figures."

That makes me wonder how much you know about what constitutes a person's "gay" status. Any personal experiences? Any researched sources? I bet it's plain feather fluffing on your part.

Based on your reasoning, you are showing more signs of a phobia towards males than Scott Brown is, of being gay. I wonder why?

FYI, I am a democrat.

Forgot to add, Manny, I too was sexually abused as a child. Today, I am a happily married heterosexual. Being stereotyped as gay simply because he was victimized tells us you have no idea what you're talking about. Get educated, will you?

Why would Brown want to buy his stepdad a house just to burn it down? Couldn't he just burn down whatever his stepdad lived in without shelling out a fortune for the property? How stupid!

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