Scott Brown Tells ’60 Minutes’ He Was Sexually Abused

BOSTON (CBS) – Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown said he was sexually abused as a child several times by a camp counselor.

Brown made the stunning revelation in a 60 MINUTES interview with Lesley Stahl that will air Sunday February 20 on WBZ-TV and WBZ NewsRadio 1030. CBS News released an excerpt of the interview Wednesday afternoon.

Brown said even his mother doesn’t know about the sexual abuse.

“That’s what happens when you’re a victim. You’re embarrassed. You’re hurt,” Brown said.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports.

Brown spoke of being touched and forced to touch the counselor.

“Fortunately, nothing was ever fully consummated, so to speak, but it was certainly, back then, very traumatic,” he told Stahl, adding that the counselor came after him more than once.

“As predators do,” Brown said. “He said ‘If you tell anybody…I’ll kill you. I will make sure that nobody believes you.’”

Excerpt From Scott Brown’s interview with Leslie Stahl

In the interview Brown said he was also physically abused at home and was the victim of seven broken homes. He said all of that made him even more susceptible to such a predator.

“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 writes about the abuses and other childhood traumas in his upcoming book, “Against All Odds” set for release on Monday.

According to the Boston Globe, which obtained an early copy of Brown’s book, the abuse occured at a religious camp on Cape Cod. Neither the name of the camp, nor the name of the counselor was revealed.

Brown said some of the abuse detailed in the book will be revelations to his wife and mother, but that the writing was an act of catharsis for him.

Jon Keller talks with a sex abuse expert

Brown also told Stahl about physical abuse he suffered at the hands of stepfathers, in one case saying he would like to have purchased the house in Wakefield where it occurred just so he could “burn it down.”

“I actually called the realtor and went in and took the tour and relived kind of where everything was…to make sure I wasn’t …dreaming. As I left, I said, ‘Man, I wish I had the money. I’d just buy this thing and burn it down.’”

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  • Cynic

    Did Brown vote for or against repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell?

    • DS

      He voted FOR repeal.

    • DS

      However I must also add, DADT and this story should in no way be misconstrued as being related.

  • Jeff Kingston

    DADT has NOTHING to do with this abuse. Adult on child abuse is the worst of the worst. I try to be understanding about most things but that deserves the 38 cent solution.. no questions just do it.

    • antonella

      I agree dad had nothing,he just wants pity-money-money selling these horrid stories

      • Sloppy_Joe

        LOL good one antonella! needed a good laugh

    • Cynic

      Thank you for answering a question I didn’t ask. My question was,” Did Brown vote for or against repeal of don’t ask don’t tell.”

  • Billy P

    All I have are tears for him.

    why are do so many political people rant sub-human hatreds towards their opponents?

    Thank you, Scott, for the strength to speak the truth. We all have our head in the sand about these issues.

    Most things in life aren’t about politics. Most interaction with people shouldn’t always be about their political affiliation. Being human doesn’t come from government which is why some seek to limit government.

    but I would rather limit hate. I will limit those who hate from government.
    I’ve got just one vote. How about it, eeryone, join me and limit the hate.
    Some things are not about politcs.

  • Ellen

    I feel sorry for anyone that went through child sexual abuse, and tip my hat off to Scott Brown for writing about this horrible thing that happened to him. Maybe it will give a kid who’s going through the very same abuse the courage to go to the authorities and get the abuser far away, like in jail.

  • italo

    I wonder why it was a good thing that he wrote about this now, but not before or earlier? If it were cathartic to him and could be helpful to others, why did he wait until this juncture, and/or put it out there only in a to-be-purchased book format? Certainly it’s a heinous issue that needs to be addressed, but…should this type of news come out when it can come out, or wait to be shared when it feels more convenient, at the expense of letting the bad behavior go on by remaining quiet all these past years? Also, I think I didn’t understand why whether Brown voted for Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was posed as a question following this article, since it appears that the article had nothing to do with that theme.

  • Joanne Leblanc

    My name is Joanne. As to the story about Scott Brown I am sorry he was abused by his mom and the counselor, but as I see it the abuse by the counselor was never concemated. Good for him. The question was put on TV How is this going to affect other abuse victims? Well, to tell you the truth I wish this would just hurry up and go away from the media. Try having the abuse be consemated for 7yrs starting at the age of 3. I am sorry he was threatened by death,but when you are abused as much as I was and you get to the point you don’t care if you live or die,then the unimaginable happens and he says he will kill your parents. What do you do? You just have to keep taking it. You fly above your body and watch!!!!! Then comes the Bi-polar and everything that comes with it. Lets just get this over with. every time I see this on Tv I get sick and it brings it all back. PLEASE,PLEASE stop the madness. He wasn’t the only abuse victim. Thank you.

    • antonella

      just lies and he wants poor attention,get over it,money is his game,hello

    • Ellen

      Joanne, Please for your own sake get some help by going to a good therapist. I feel you have to get this out of your system in order to go on with life. What happen to you should never have happen, and I pray for your recovery. You met evil but honey don’t let this evil prohibited you from an emotional, and spiritual productive life. You need someone to listen to your story, and please once again seek out help. It’s there for you, and my prayers go along with you as well.

      • Joanne

        Ellen, I have been through many years of therapy and anm on the correct medications,but only and only if I were in the public life would I be able to share and profit on my story. Not that I would even care to. Would anyone buy my book? The man ,I feel for in his childhood and even now but why oh why does he have to profit from it? Also I am in a good Bible based church which helps me forgive all around. It just angers me to see political or celebrities write books and profit !!!!!

    • anonymous

      Thanks for posting Joanne. I could tell immediately after reading your post that you have benefited from seeking professional help as you put yourself right out there in such an honest and forthright manner, good for you. For some who have or have had psychological problems it takes a long time to get to where you are today – been there. I wish you nothing but the best in the future.

      Dear Ellen, you are an absolute cherub.

  • Maureen

    In Jon Keller’s interview with Dr. Newberger, the doctor states “he’s the last person you might expect to ‘confess’ something that makes him look weak.” I think the word Dr. Newberger was looking for is “DIVULGE”, not “confess” and I don’t believe divulging makes anyone look weak. Rather, it demonstrates STRENGTH and RESILIENCE. As for how Scott Brown’s divulging his abuse makes former victims feel, don’t ask some supposed expert on the subject who chooses his words poorly, ask us victims – it REMINDS us. And it’s not his divulging so much as all of the publicity around it that makes it unbearable. However, anyone who has gotten some good counseling is proud of the person they’ve become “against all odds.” I respect Scott Brown’s decision to divulge and I wish him continued success in his life.

    • Joanne

      It is easy to ” overcome all odds when you have money and success. What about all the victims that don’t have either?

      • Maureen

        i didn’t have money or success when i got help. You can’t possibly believe that poor or unsuccessful people have no access to therapy…

  • Gerv

    This is quite an expose for any person especially a public figure. Kudos to Scott for having the where with all and guts to bring it to light and show what some of us can conquer in their personal through their public life. The media again has to back off and stop looking for a needle in a haystack. I watched the news this morning and it was on more than the advertisements. If there is any bad to come of this it will be by the media and not Scott’s exposing.

  • mw

    This guy is shameless. Suddenly coming out with these abuse stories to promote a book. I guess he needs some kind of hook otherwise who would bother reading it.

  • SD

    As a survivor of chid sexually abuse, I do applaud his courage to say he was abused but the true test will be what he will do to help promote awareness. I work with families all the time trying them to overcome this type of abuse and hate when celebrities use it as a plug for themselves without doing anything to really help the cause.

    • Joanne

      SD, I am a child and adolesent of sexual abuse and I fully agree with you. Unfortunatley I have not been able to do any kind of social work for this. Too many horrid rememberences. Ia am a survivor barely ,but life is really looking up for me. Correct meds and a Bible base church and forgiving myself is on the way. Thank you for your story.

      • Maureen

        An abuse victim has nothing to forgive themselves for. The abuser is an amoral, predatory CRIMINAL, and so the ABUSER should pray God’s and the victim’s forgiveness. The abuser should never have had that power over another person.
        Child sexual abuse is much more common than most of us realize. Unfortunately, people’s ignorance of the topic, and society’s discomfort with it turns it into something ugly when a public figure divulges. Shame on the folks saying it’s motivated by money. Let’s use this as a tool to educate the public and protect children from ever having to go through what people like Scott Brown, Joanne, and I had to go through and overcome.

  • S. Coleman

    I am sorry for what Scott Brown endured including the years of living with the painful memory. I do not doubt Senator Brown’s allegations of sexual and physical abuse however the timing seems more like a savvy marketing ploy meant to bolster book sales. Why now, Senator Brown?

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  • KathyD

    I find it hard to believe that he is doing this to sell books. No one who has been through that type of hell and kept it to himself for so long deserves to be questioned about his motives. I think that kind of talk is mainly from those fond of conspiracy theories who think that by being cynical, it somehow makes them smarter than the rest of the population.

    The way to end abuse of any kind is to take away the abuser’s greatest tool – silence. I applaud Brown for being honest. I’m sure it was a tough thing to explain to his family, especially his mother who sounds like she has already been through her own personal hell.

  • Susan

    With these allegations for sympathy…I think to promote his book.see the timing and all…he did pose for Playgirl or one of those magazines…and I sincerely feel this is a publicity stunt…even if it is true…there is something insincere about the whole thing. I smell a rat!! I am just not feeling any sympathy….quite frankly…I am disturbed that he brings this out at all…..let alone when he is on tour for his book promotion, so people will feel that it is sensationalized and purchase it……..

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