Glenn Beck tearfully revealed a painful piece of family history on his radio program Thursday, saying he has wanted to share it with his audience for many years but the time has never been right.
After a number of left-wing sites including Media Matters, Slate and Jezebel attacked Beck for airing a Wonderful World of Stu segment on his network that they described as "gross," "horrifying" and "mocking" rape, Beck said it was time to set the record straight.
"I've had enough, quite frankly," Beck said. "I'm tired of being accused of standing with abusers and rapists. I'm tired of being called a monster. I'm just tired of the lies. I'm tired of the lies of abusers. I have had my fill of it."
Beck said the segment that aired on The Wonderful World of Stu shows how sexual assault statistics are being dramatically inflated on college campuses, and that it "cheapens the horror of real rape" when the numbers are inaccurately inflated to make "every college-age male into Genghis Khan."
"My family has experienced rape firsthand, multiple times over multiple generations now," Beck said, his voice beginning to shake with emotion. "And I have worked hard in my personal life to stop the effects of this over the last 10 years. It has changed my life. It has changed the lives of my sisters."
Beck paused before continuing. "You know that my father died two months ago. My father was my greatest teacher, and for many years, he was my best friend. ... My father was -- my father had a very bad dad. My father was abused by my grandfather, and my father ran away from home."
Beck said when his father ran away, he went to the YMCA in Los Angeles, where he was "repeatedly raped."
Fighting back tears, Beck continued. "When [my father] was young, he was stealing golf balls at a country club in Seattle. ... They would steal the golf balls, turn them in, sell them for money. And he was caught by a man who said, 'Really? You're going to have to work this off. You're going to caddy for me for the rest of the summer.' That's the story that I had always been told by my father."
Beck, tears now openly streaming down his face, said he only found out recently that the man who caught his father also repeatedly raped him.
"My father found himself going to try to find God, and he went to a church," Beck said, his voice thick with emotion. "And he believed in this preacher. Instead of putting his faith in God, he put his faith in a man. And things didn't work out well..."
Beck said his family is a "shipwreck," and that even if the horrific pattern of abuse is one generation removed, "you still feel the effects of what happened."
"My father never abused any of us sexually, that I know of, but my family has felt the ramifications of his abuse, and has felt the sexual abuse by others in our family," Beck said, wiping tears from his eyes.
"Don't you ever preach to me about what I can say and cannot say about rape. Don't you ever try to be an authority to me on the effects of rape," Beck said. "Don't you ever try to tell me what victims should or should not feel, as I have tried to piece my family back together, and to give my sisters the love that they deserve and have never had!"
"My family and I are standing because of the grace of God, and because we have each other, and we have the truth," Beck concluded. "And if you have the truth and the courage to pursue the truth, time will heal everything."
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