THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
VICTIMS AND THEIR ABUSERS

Honor the hurt soul without making demands

April 17, 2011

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TO INSIST that Scott Brown name the person who molested him as a child represents a failure to recognize the enduring nature of the wound we label as trauma (“Senator Brown needs to break his silence once more,’’ Letters, April 9). Granted, one wants to protect others from predators. But let us remember that even politicians are human beings, with histories, and secrets, and profound hurts. We must be careful to honor the hurt soul, not insist that this soul take particular action, no matter how valuable, until it is properly healed.

Thomas J. Cottle
Boston