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February 28th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

Sen. Scott Brown: "I was the perfect victim"

Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) documents his rocky road to the Senate in his new autobiography "Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances".

In the book, Sen. Brown reveals difficult pieces of his past, including instances of sexual abuse; the senator tells Kiran Chetry he was the "perfect victim" because of his fear to report the assault. Sen. Brown who is up for re-election in 2012 says the timing of his book wasn't meant to coincide with any election cycle.

Sen. Brown talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about his new autobiography, "Against All Odds".

Filed under: Politics • U.S.
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Jack Knight

    The autobio described an interesting political journey. But the only people he curiously chose not to out, as he explained the physical/psycho abuse of several family members, were the two sex predators in his life. Makes those experiences dubious for two reasons: IF they actually happened, and the predators are still alive, maybe identifying them would help other victims; as a lawyer/lawmaker he should have an interest in ensuring that criminals are brought to justice and don't harm others, if, as he says his book is meant to help and inspire others. Surely he hasn't forgiven the predators, since the scorching way he described his family, showed he was not interested in holding anything back. On the other hand, maybe he went back and had his military/sports buddies hurt/kill the guys in retaliation which would put the experience in another light. I appreciate his supportive LGBT stance, but it's strange, in his extensive modelling career, that he never describes positive experiences with gay people that I recall.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  2. Judy Taylor

    It seems to me that education fights this abuse. Keeping silent is what the bad guys want. Good for Scott Brown for talking.....keep talking otherwise people won't be educated but will be victims. Silence silence silence.........oh how people want you to be quiet. I say yell it from the mountaintops!

    February 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  3. John Weigelt

    It seems to me that some things are best kept private. Lack of personal dignity is not a recommendation for high political office. The suggestion that this book was not timed to any election cycle is absurd.

    February 28, 2011 at 9:20 am |