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Scott Brown memoir details childhood abuse and a life of hardship

Scott Brown's new autobiography "Against All Odds" may add to his "political intrigue."

By Husna Haq / February 17, 2011

Scott Brown says his rough childhood made him stronger. “Like a fractured bone, I have knit back stronger in the broken places,’’ he writes.


If you thought the Cosmo centerfold was edgy, hold on tight, Senator Scott Brown’s got more to share. Another political bombshell is set to hit a bookshelf near you.

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Senator Brown’s new autobiography “Against All Odds,” reveals a childhood of divorced parents, frequent moves, shoplifting, battering abuse at the hands of drunken stepfathers, and sexual assault by a summer camp counselor.

“The vivid recollections of the Republican senator from Massachusetts portray a world of drunken parents and scarce means, a life spent moving from house to house,” reports the Boston Globe.

The book, scheduled for release Monday, after Brown appears in a “60 Minutes” segment Sunday night, reveals new insights into the shaping of Brown’s surprising trajectory from troubled youth to basketball all-star, to law school, to Cosmo centerfold and partying, to the US Senate.

Brown shocked the country when he catapulted from powerless state senator to the Senate a year ago, winning a seat held for decades by the late Democrat Edward M. Kennedy – a stunning Republican victory in the bluest of blue states, Massachusetts.

“Against All Odds” also marks the first time Brown publicly exposes details of his sexual assault. It happened the summer after fourth grade, when he was 10 years old. He was at a Christian summer camp in Cape Code, he writes, when he had to go to the camp infirmary. A camp counselor followed him inside the bathroom.

“I can remember how he looked, every inch of him: his long sandy, light brown hair; his long, full mustache; the beads he wore; the tie-dyed T-shirts and the cutoff jeans, which gave him the look of a hippie,’’ Brown writes. “I was standing there with my pants down and he came right up next to me and asked me if I needed help, and then he reached out his hand,’’ Brown writes, continuing a graphic scene of the fondling.

The counselor threatened harm if Brown revealed the incident. Brown kept quiet – and found himself back at camp the next summer. Though the abuse wasn’t repeated, Brown said he was always on edge and learned a tough lesson: There was no refuge, no one he could “truly trust.”

And then there was a string of abusive stepfathers.

Truck driver Dan Sullivan married Brown’s divorced mother in the 1960s. Brown recalls an incident in which he was supposed to wake up his stepfather.


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