I am not always the biggest fan of Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts here at The Frisky. But I would like to give the senator my sincere respect for opening up to “60 Minutes” about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child from a camp counselor.
Discussing male sexual abuse is often taboo in our culture, given its stupid stereotype as a “female problem” and therefore an affront to masculinity. My hope is a manly-man, truck-driving Republican senator like Scott Brown opening up about sexual abuse will help society progress forward. Like many victims of childhood sexual abuse, both male and female, Brown was threatened by his camp counselor that he would “kill” the boy if he ever told anyone about the abuse and that the counselor would make sure no one believed Brown. “Fortunately, nothing was ever fully consummated, so to speak, but it was certainly, back then, very traumatic,” Brown told “60 Minutes.” “He said ‘If you tell anybody, you know, I’ll kill you. I will make sure that no one believes you. … 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.” Scott Brown said he also felt “embarrassed” by the sex abuse, but that writing about it in his new memoir, Against All Odds, was cathartic.
I may not see eye to eye about Senator Brown about all policy matters. But I commend him for opening up as a strong, accomplished, family-loving man who has survived unfathomable pain. [Fox News]