NEWTON (AP) – Sen. John Kerry says his Massachusetts colleague, Sen. Scott Brown, should be congratulated for his decision to disclose the sexual and physical abuse he suffered as a child.

Kerry said Friday that Brown’s willingness to share personal details about his childhood could help other victims of abuse understand that they are not alone.

Read: Cape Cod Camp Reaches Out To Sen. Brown About Sex Abuse Allegations

In a book to be released next week, Brown said he was sexually abused by a camp counselor and physically abused by a stepfather. He also discussed the abuse in an interview airing Sunday on CBS television’s “60 Minutes.”

The two appeared together later at an unrelated event, but Brown ducked out without speaking to reporters.

Read: Accused Camp Counselor Could Face Punishment

Brown, a Republican, gained national attention when he won a special election last year to replace the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.

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

  1. Joanne says:

    My name is Joanne. Iwas sexually abused for 7 yrs by a family member. No names. I actually have a ?. Why come out now when there is a book to be sold? Where do the profits go? Hopefully to help other victims!!!! If I wrote a book, it would not be sold because I am not in politics!! Isn’t that so? I would write a book if I had the money like Scott Brown. Had he not been a Senator and in the public eye , would this book had been written and would his story ever had come out if he were just an American citizen like myself? I feel horrified that he was abused physically by his step-father and also the camp counselor. He is lucky though that nothing was never consimatted. I am not taking away from the emotions and fears that go with it. I was also told I would be killed, then when it got to the point I didn’t care if I lived or died he threatened to kill my Parents so I had to take it. Imagine how that has effected me. I would like to help people of sexual abuse. Is He one on one? I mean really sitting down and talking,holding,crying with and letting people know it wasn’t their fault and that they are loved? I hope so. I would like to meet this man!!! Just to talk.
    Thank you for your time. I know this will never go anywhere,but it felt good to get this off of my chest.

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