Scott Brown reveals personal trauma in '60 Minutes' interview

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February 20, 2011, 9:05 pm
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(NECN: Tom Langford) - The interview, with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, is candid and revealing.
    
Senator Scott Brown seems to spare no details of his abusive childhood, while promoting his new book.
    
He's a child of seven broken marriages, and recalls being 6 years old and jumping to his mother's defense as one of his stepfathers was beating her.
    
"I was in bed and I heard her screaming and I remember him hitting her and he was just pounding on her and I grabbed his leg and bit on it." "With your teeth?" "With my teeth. And I was just pounding on him because I wouldn't let go."
    
Then, when he was ten, he says he was sexually abused by a camp counselor on Cape Cod.
   
"Fortunately, nothing was ever fully consummated, but it was certainly very traumatic." "you say it wasn't consummated, but he touched you? And made you touch him?" "Yeah." "And then you thought you had escaped and he came for you again?" "Yup. As predators do. And he said, if you tell anybody, I'll kill you."
    
Senator Brown tells Stahl, he never sought therapy.
    
Instead, he would break into the high school gym and shoot hoops late into the night, as a way to blow off his anger.
    
But still, he crossed into juvenile delinquency.
    
On a tour of his hometown of Wakefield, Massachusetts, he pointed out some low points.
    
"This used to be a record store. I stole some records there." "this is where you stole records?" "Yup. One of them. And this is where I stole a suit and this used to be the old A&P." "You stole food?" "Stole food from there."
    
So why tell all?
    
Why divulge so much that is so personal.
    
The Senator answered that question this way.
    
"It's who I am. I can't hide from who I am."

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