I recently came across this story:
19 year-old Darrell Shaffer is suing his mother Mary Rowles, her lesbian partner Alice Jenkins, the Summit County Children’s Services Board, the agency’s former director, and agency social workers for the horrifying abuse and neglect he and his brothers suffered for years.
Jenkins and Rowles pleaded guilty and were convicted in 2003 of 55 counts of abuse and neglect that included savage beatings, starvation, being locked in a closet and forced to eat animal feces. When they were apprehended by police, the boys were found to be severely malnourished; one boy was 8 years old and weighed only 28 pounds.
I had read about this case before. What stood out about it was the nature of the abuse:
In January 2004, the women were each sentenced to 30 years imprisonment and are being held at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville. Shaffer is the eldest of five boys who, at the time of the two women’s arrest, were aged six, eight, ten, thirteen and fourteen. Their sister, 12 years old at the time, was not harmed, police said.
Only the boys were targets for the abuse. While I realize there is a great deal of misinformation about homosexuality and child abuse, one thing does appear to be more common when the abusers are lesbians: their victims tend to be male.
It is not unheard of for an abuser to pick one child or a set of children. In many cases of abuse in large families, certain types of violence may be committed against one child while the favored children go unharmed. However, in this case the nature of the abuse…
Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said the boys told police that Jenkins beat them with a hammer, kicked one in the groin with steel-toed boots and forced them to eat dog and cat feces as punishment for sneaking out of their urine-soaked closet and stealing food.
…is so violent and so depraved that it could not have occurred as a result of happenstance. The boys were assaulted because they are boys. And in many cases of lesbian violence against children that specific tread of hatred against anything male continuously pops up.
It is anyone’s guess as to why lesbians tend to abuse male children more than female children. One could speculate as infinitum and likely never reach a sufficient answer. However, it is necessary to address things of this nature in the same it necessary to address the police profiling of certain racial groups. The potential for harm is great enough to at least ask why this is occurs in such a deliberately sexist manner.
The article goes on to state that “before their convictions, Rowles and Jenkins told press they were proud to be gay.” If their sexuality had anything to do with torture they subjected those boys to, pride is the last response they should have. Because of lesbians like them, those who are not violent will suffer for it.