Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown tells of traumatic childhood molestation

Steven Nelson Associate Editor
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Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown reveals in a forthcoming “60 Minutes” interview that he was molested as a boy.

Brown told Lesley Stahl of CBS’ “60 Minutes” that the abuse occurred in multiple episodes when he was ten years old and attending summer camp. The abuser was a camp counselor.

“Fortunately nothing was ever fully consummated, so to speak, but it was certainly back then very traumatic,” Brown said.

The counselor threatened to kill Brown if he told anyone about the abuse and said that he would ensure that nobody believed the allegation.

Brown told Stahl that he never reported the abuse and that, “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.”

The “60 Minutes” interview comes as Brown is preparing to release an autobiography.

The Boston Globe reports that Brown’s book will contain another revelation, that at eight years old Brown was commanded at knife-point to engage in sexual activity with a thirteen year old boy. Brown fought back and got away.