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Brown's news should give us pause

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  February 16, 2011 03:24 PM

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Scott Brown went through something traumatic, something we wouldn't wish upon our worst enemy and he managed to rise above it. He is an exception to the norm though. Victims of child abuse struggle with it for their rest of their lives often suffering from depression and other aliments. Brown, somehow, managed to overcome his struggles and rise all the way to the U.S. Senate. This new memoir and interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes will only humanize him more in the eyes of the Commonwealth. Experiencing something so personally traumatic and going public with it on such a large platform takes courage.

In the brief clip CBS has released to promote the episode you can tell that Brown still has difficulty talking about the experience. The brief pause after he say "yep" feels like an eternity. Here is a brief transcript below.

Stahl: You tell us that you were actually sexually abused, more than once.

Brown: Yep.

(Pause)

Fortunately, nothing was ever full consummated so to speak but it was, certainly, back then very traumatic. He said that if you tell anybody I'll kill ya. Ya know, I'll make sure no one believes you. And that's the biggest thing, 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.

Stahl: So you never reported it?

Brown: No, my mom will read about it for the first time. My wife will read about it. No I didn't tell anybody. That's what happens when you're a victim. You're embarrassed, you're hurt.

This book and this interview will show us that child abuse can happen to anyone, and it will show a side of Brown that the public never knew existed.

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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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