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In a stunning revelation, Sen. Scott Brown tells 60 Minutes he was sexually abused by a camp counselor as a child but never told anyone about the "traumatic" experience, not even his mother, because he didn't think anyone would believe him.
"That's what happens when you're a victim. You're embarrassed, you're hurt," he said in an interview airing Sunday with CBS News' Leslie Stahl. "Fortunately, nothing was ever fully consummated, so to speak, but it was certainly back then, very traumatic."
Brown, a Republican, gained the national spotlight when he won a special election in 2010 for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's seat in heavily Democratic Massachusetts.
The Boston Globe obtained a copy of Brown's upcoming memoir, "Against All Odds," in which he writes about being fondled at age 10 by a male counselor at a religious camp he attended. The counselor threatened to kill him if he told anyone what had happened, he told Stahl.
Brown, 51, also said he had been beaten by a stepfather, according to a statement released by the CBS program on Wednesday.
The Globe reported that publicity releases for the book quoted Brown as saying he was the victim of "a savage beating at the drunken, dirty-fingernail hands of a stepfather" when he was 6 years old. The boy had been trying to defend his mother from his stepfather.
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