BOSTON (AP) – Gov. Deval Patrick says Sen. Scott Brown’s revelation that he was sexually and physically abused as a child could help others who have suffered similar abuse.

Patrick said he has not read Brown’s new book in which he discusses his childhood trauma. But the governor said Thursday that it sounds like a “very brave account of some tough times in his life.”

Brown’s book, “Against All Odds,” is due out Monday. In a 60 Minutes interview to air Sunday on WBZ-TV and WBZ NewsRadio 1030, the Massachusetts Republican said he was sexually abused by a camp counselor and physically abused by a stepfather.

See: 60 Minutes Interview Excerpt

Patrick said he believes his wife Diane’s decision to go public about her battle with depression has helped others and Brown’s disclosure could have a similar impact.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. CEO says:

    That was very nice of Deval to put a positive spin on a traumatic even in the Senator’s life. He could’ve politicized it, but he didn’t.

  2. susan says:

    Seems like Duval is being politically correct…he could care less…….

  3. Donny says:

    Deval, and all Brown’s opponents are more than happy to build him up.
    They’ll applaud his ‘courage’…. and when this tale of abuse is revealed as promotional fiction his fall will be all the harder.

    Publishers ask for just this sort of dirt to help sell the book. In my humble opinion, Sen. Brown decided to provide what they asked for. Hubris. Who’s gonna challenge the man with a truck and barncoat?…

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