Scott Brown Reveals Tragic Reason Why He Has Empathy For People

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To the absolute horror of the teabaggers who supported his longshot run for Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat, Scott Brown has turned out to be a pretty decent and fair-minded guy, and apparently has no qualms about voting for what he thinks is the right thing, regardless of party. Today we learn that he was savagely beaten by a series of asshole “stepfathers” and also sexually molested, repeatedly, by a camp counselor who threatened to kill 10-year-old Scott Brown if he ever revealed the assaults.

Here’s the 60 Minutes video:

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      1. horsedreamer_1

        As with so many adult performers, Scott Brown spent his childhood prey to predators. It's no wonder he ended up undressing for the world, just as he had been undressed by the adults entrusted with his care.

  1. V572625694

    Snark aside, it's great example to others when a powerful, successful and good-looking person like this can publicly talk about what happened to him.

    1. CapeClod

      I agree. I've never been much of a fan of our junior senator, but a ton of kudos to him for opening up about his abuse. Can't snark about it.

    2. Negropolis

      You had me until "good-looking." Who cares what he looks like; how does (or why should) that have any bearing on him as an example?

      1. V572625694

        You and I may think Brown’s appearance is trivial, but maybe some abused kid somewhere may think bad things only happen to unattractive people, so Brown’s “confession” might help.

        Or, read Mumbletypeg's exegesis below, which is thorough and well-written.

      2. Mumbletypeg

        I took the “good looking” reference not as an indicator he ‘deserves’ kudos more than a non-goodlooking victim-turned-public-figure, nor that he necessarily stands to ‘lose face’ more for the personal sharing of a crime committed on him. I took it as more a statement on the particular way Brown stands out among his fellow Congressmen, esp. his Repug compatriots. Our celeb/media culture puts his looks front and center of our minds when defining him apart from the rest. In fact he’s been in his position for such a relatively short time he has yet to prove his ‘power’ or claim much ‘success’. What hasn't needed proving is his sex appeal, it's become his calling card, almost a curse in terms of its trumping whatever other skills he may bring to his office. To the extent his looks get him more noticed, then it’s that many more people who’ll react to some sensitive revelation about him, which becomes that much more a risk for himself personally and a potential liability for his party if they can’t rise above the bravado to acknowledge what truly exhibits bravery.

    1. DoktorZoom

      "I have no race prejudices nor caste prejudices nor creed prejudices. All I care to know is that a man is a human being, and that is enough for me; he can't be any worse."–Mark Twain

    1. elviouslyqueer

      Joe Barton is going to demand that Scott Brown apologize immediately for blood libeling that poor camp counselor.

  2. Ducksworthy

    <Snark Off>If everybody who was sexually/physically abused as a child came forward we'd begin to understand how widespread this problem is. And then, we might have to do something about it. <Snark On> This confession is a betrayal of everything the GOP stands for. Also

    1. BerkeleyBear

      Actually, if everyone who was sexually assaulted as a child came forward, we'd probably be amazed that anyone escaped it. Of course, as a society we're so screwed up about sex that we don't know how to deal with it and basically leave our kids wide open to being assaulted by their uncles, priests,counselors, babysitters, etc. Or we scare them so much about their own bodies that they can't have healthy sexual relationships.

    2. PristineODummy

      Here's the problem: if everybody who was sexually/physically abused as a child came forward, WHERE THE HELL WOULD WE PUT THEM? Know what I mean? SRO, and I don't care HOW big the stadium is. We'd need seating capacity for, oh, I dunno, I'm guessing around 5.2375 BILLION.

  3. Troubledog

    You went to summer camp? You were lucky. We lived for three months in a brown paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six o'clock in the morning, clean the bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down mill for fourteen hours a day week in-week out. When we got home, out Dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt.

    1. PristineODummy

      If you don't stop discussing my childhood in public fora, I swear to Ctulhu I'm going all hentai tentacle on your ass.

  4. Redhead

    I completely understand the feelings he talked about in that clip and his reasons for not talking about it, but I hope that he was able to get closure and healing despite keeping it quiet.

    And I hope the backlash from the wingnutters for revealing the (man on boy) sexual assault isn't too bad (or is that just wishful thinking at this point). Then again, he's not blonde and I'm assuming he wasn't wearing a mini skirt, so maybe they won't say he asked for it?

    Bleh. People just suck. Sorry, it kills the snark in me.

    1. Zvi_Bleindmeis

      I still have a little. If any Republican luminary has anything to say about this, it will inevitably be that sexual abuse of children is a product of the liberal mind, the anti-traditionalist mentality, and the "other" among us. Christians, conservatives, and those with family values are righteous, or at worst, they are occasionally fallible but redeemed.

      Mostly, though I expect they won't have anything to say about this.

      1. horsedreamer_1

        So, the slave-masters who raped their female propery were liberals?

        (Wait. Watch Herm Cain & J.C. Watts* use this as demonstration that the Southern Strategy, to woo the sons & daughters of planters to the GOP, was catharsis.)

        (*Seriously. What hovel did he vanish into?)

      2. PristineODummy

        Since most of them will be busy either fondling some underage young'un or doin' the nasty with a paid professional, yah, I expect they won't have too much to say at all. Maybe a nice "Blargh … I am ded," max.

    1. frostbitefalls

      snark off–Well maybe it does. The man exhibits inappropriate boundaries, and that might be due to childhood abuse.

    1. PristineODummy

      Anyone who tells you COD ain't batshit crazy is probably batshit crazy. Trust me on this. I know.

  5. Negropolis

    On a very serious note, I hope that this can free him to stick up for victims/the downtrodden/the vulnerable of all kinds when it comes to how he votes. I'd hate for him to turn into a total and souless hypocrite, which it kind of hard to avoid in the modern Republican Party.

  6. PristineODummy

    Having watched the clip, I have an interesting instinctive response. Most victims of childhood abuse retreat, even momentarily, into reliving the episodes when talking about them. I'm not seeing that horrible flinch in his eyes. Perhaps I'm wrong. Will research. But his remark about nothing being "consummated" also bothered me. Somebody pleez slap me upside the head and tell me I'm wrong?

  7. transfatz

    The real reason why Scott Brown feels empathy is that he was mistakenly elected by a lack of Democrat turnout and his opponent's complacency. Without a substantial movement to the left on his part he will have his ass ground to dust by the machine in his next election.

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