On the heels of the Penn State sex abuse scandal, and current trial of former coach Jerry Sandusky, this evening "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomes Michael Reagan for his unique insight and personal perspective.
A Republican strategist and adopted son of former president Ronald Reagan, the 67-year-old was sexually molested by a camp counselor and shares intimate details of the experience:
"My abuser taught me how to throw a football, taught me how to throw a baseball, taught me how to do trampoline, taught me how to yo-yo, taught me how to do those things where I could impress my father, make me feel good about myself," he explains. "So he endeared himself to me, and then from that point, it just went to the 'nth' degree."
Speaking with tremendous courage and emotion, Reagan goes on to reveal the moment he opened up to the nation's 40th commander-in-chief:
"I didn't tell my father, until the occasion of my daughter Ashley's fourth birthday, at the ranch, in 1987," says Reagan. "My dad, I was literally, everything out of my body was coming up on his boots. And my dad said 'Where is he? I'll kick his butt.'"
Explaining to Piers Morgan that childhood incidents like the one's he endured can scar individuals well into adulthood, the guest speaks about the great lengths he went to in an attempt to gain a true understanding of himself:
"I walked away from God, I walked away from everybody, and I was so unsure of my own sexuality, that when I was 16 years of age, and not sure what people would see me as heterosexual or homosexual, I would steal money from my father's wallet, and go to downtown L.A., and buy prostitutes on Friday and Saturday night, because I had to prove to myself that I was heterosexual and I was a man," he states. "I did not know, and I was afraid to ask."
Watch the clip, and listen the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 p.m. as the radio talk show host further delves into the depths of his experiences, opening up about the dangers of sexual abuse.
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