Senator Scott Brown

Senator Scott Brown.

I hope many of you watched his interview on 60 Minutes Sunday night.  He has written a book that is apparently autobiographical.  I intend to get it and read it right away. 

He was very candid about his growing up.  He suffered psychological, physical, and sexual violence.  His integrity as a Senator seems unblemished up to this point in his career and journey.  Please God, let it stay that way.

As I watched the interview, I was struck by a couple of things.  First Lesley Stahl seemed quite persistent in asking him about WHY he had to include the sexual violence in his story.  She may have asked that more than once.  His stance is that it has been a secret that must come out.  His mother has never known, now she does.  He has made sure his family has known.  Seems to me to let the long held secret out is very important to a politician who can be so haunted by secrets that get found out by others.  Good for him.  And courageous because as a culture and even in our faith communities we do not want to hear about this evil.  It is also theraputic.  Gets a little of the ’emotional cancer’ out.  So far, he has been coping with the anger through sports.

The following is what was on the show about his experience with sexual violence:

“But when Brown was 10, he experienced another kind of abuse at the hands of a camp counselor.  “You tell us that you were actually sexually abused. More than once,” Stahl remarked.  “Fortunately nothing was ever fully consummated, so to speak. But it was, certainly back then, very traumatic,” he said.  “You say it wasn’t consummated. But you knew…he touched you,” Stahl said.  “Yeah, he touched me,” Brown said. “And he made you touch him,” Stahl said. “And then you thought you had escaped, and he came for you again. …More than once.” “As predators do,” Brown said. “He said, ‘If you tell anybody I’ll kill ‘ya. You know, I will make sure that no one believes you.’ And that’s the biggest thing. 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,” Brown said.  He never reported it, and told no one, including his own mother.’

Three things are classic in his story.  He has minimized his pain by comparing it to penetration, as if maybe he should not hurt so much over it since it was “just molestation.”  Second, he is right.  These predators have ‘antennae’ that just globs onto these poor children.  And thirdly, the theat and therefore the vow to keep it secret and tell no one.  And, like many, Scott apparently did not have a safe person he could have told anyway. 

He is breaking the Code of Silence about sexual violence.  Praise God.

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