Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) reveals that he was sexually abused as a child multiple times in an interview scheduled to air on CBS' "60 Minutes" on Sunday evening.
In discussing the matter with Lesley Stahl, Brown explains that he hadn't even told his mother about what happened. The Republican senator recalls suffering sexual abuse on several occasions when he was young by a camp counselor and also living with an abusive stepfather.
"That's what happens when you're a victim," explains Brown of his reluctance to tell his mother what occurred. "You're embarrassed. You're hurt."
Speaking directly to what happened with the camp counselor, Brown says that "nothing was ever fully consummated," but that he had been forced to engage in unwanted sexual contact. Looking back, he explains, "It was certainly, back then, very traumatic."
"As predators do... He said 'If you tell anybody...I'll kill you. I will make sure that nobody believes you," recalls Brown of being threatened by the counselor.
The interview with Brown comes just before the release of memoir Against All Odds. The Senator details the traumatic experiences he endured in the book.
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