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Posted at 5:20 PM ET, 02/16/2011

This just in: Sen. Scott Brown reveals he was sexually abused as a child

By The Reliable Source

Senator Scott Brown, 2010. (Melina Mara/TWP)

In a new book -- and now, a "60 Minutes" spot -- Sen. Scott Brown reveals he was molested by a camp counselor at age 10, and never reported it to anyone until now. "My mom will read about it for the first time," he said in a Lesley Stahl interview to air Sunday. "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." Other bad childhood stuff comes out in the memoir, "Against All Odds," including beatings from a stepdad. On the lighter side: The perks of fame in 1982 after Cosmo named him "America's Sexiest Man," such as free pass into Studio 54, where Calvin Klein tried to rip off his shirt and Rick James's posse offered him drugs (he declined).



Read more, see video of Scott Brown on "60 Minutes", at The Washington Post's Political Bookworm

By The Reliable Source  | February 16, 2011; 5:20 PM ET
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After a straight camp counselor molested Scott Brown, he is now selling books and advocating for the legal discrimination of consenting same-sex adults who want to get married and taking his anger out on gay Americans.

I am sorry that his mother allowed his stepfather to beat him, but just because you were abused, does not give you the right to abuse others.

Posted by: nolamen | February 16, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Please disable this post a comment feature for this story. I think it's disrespectful.

Posted by: morris_ae | February 16, 2011 6:33 PM | Report abuse

please ban morris_ae, I think he is disrespectful.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | February 16, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Senator Brown for "Breaking the Silence" about childhood sexual abuse. Your voice will bring strength to those who cannot yet speak out for themselves.

My name is Keith Smith. I was abducted, beaten and raped by a stranger. It wasn't a neighbor, a coach, a relative, a family friend or teacher. It was a recidivist pedophile predator who spent time in prison for previous sex crimes; an animal hunting for victims in the quiet suburbs of Lincoln, Rhode Island.

I was able to identify the guy and the car he was driving. He was arrested and indicted but never went to trial. His trial never took place because he was brutally beaten to death in Providence before his court date. 35 years later, no one has ever been charged with the crime.

In the time between the night of my assault and the night he was murdered, I lived in fear. I was afraid he was still around town. Afraid he was looking for me. Afraid he would track me down and kill me. The fear didn’t go away when he was murdered. Although he was no longer a threat, the simple life and innocence of a 14-year-old boy was gone forever. Carefree childhood thoughts replaced with the unrelenting realization that my world wasn’t a safe place. My peace shattered by a horrific criminal act of sexual violence.

Over the past 35 years, I’ve been haunted by horrible, recurring memories of what he did to me. He visits me in my sleep. There have been dreams–nightmares actually–dozens of them, sweat inducing, yelling-in-my-sleep nightmares filled with images and emotions as real as they were when it actually happened. It doesn’t get easier over time. Long dead, he still visits me, silently sneaking up from out of nowhere when I least expect it. From the grave, he sits by my side on the couch every time the evening news reports a child abduction or sex crime. I don’t watch America’s Most Wanted or Law and Order SVU, because the stories are a catalyst, triggering long suppressed emotions, feelings, memories, fear and horror. Real life horror stories rip painful suppressed memories out from where they hide, from that recessed place in my brain that stores dark, dangerous, horrible memories. It happened when William Bonin confessed to abducting, raping and murdering 14 boys in California; when Jesse Timmendequas raped and murdered Megan Kanka in New Jersey; when Ben Ownby, missing for four days, and Shawn Hornbeck, missing for four years, were recovered in Missouri.

Despite what happened that night and the constant reminders that continue to haunt me years later, I wouldn’t change what happened. The animal that attacked me was a serial predator, a violent pedophile trolling my neighborhood in Lincoln, Rhode Island looking for young boys. He beat me, raped me, and I stayed alive. I lived to see him arrested, indicted and murdered. It might not have turned out this way if he had grabbed one of my friends or another kid from my neighborhood. Perhaps he’d still be alive. Perhaps there would be dozens of more victims and perhaps he would have progressed to the point of silencing his victims by murdering them.

Out of fear, shame and guilt, I’ve been silent for over three decades, sharing my story with very few people. No more. The silence has to end. What happened to me wasn't my fault. The fear, the shame, the guilt have to go. It’s time to stop keeping this secret from the people closest to me, people I care about, people I love, my long-time friends and my family. It’s time to speak out to raise public awareness of male sexual assault, to let other survivors know that they’re not alone and to help survivors of rape and violent crime understand that the emotion, fear and memories that may still haunt them are not uncommon to those of us who have shared a similar experience.

My novel, Men in My Town, was inspired by these actual events. Men in My Town is available now at www.Amazon.com

For those who suffer in silence, I hope my story brings some comfort, strength, peace and hope.

For additional information, please visit the Men in My Town blog at www.meninmytown.wordpress.com

Posted by: 40stone | February 16, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

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