Bronwyn Joy Parker burned her boyfriend’s penis with hair straighteners after she suspected him of cheating:
Bronwyn Joy Parker, 22, had pleaded guilty to recklessly causing serious harm over the incident which left her then boyfriend with third degree burns to his genitalia at her Mount Barker home in December 2013.
In sentencing, District Court Judge Paul Muscat said Parker’s crime was one of the “most unusual” he had encountered during his time in court.
He said the victim suffered third-degree burns to each side of the shaft of his penis requiring treatment in the Burns Unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
According to the report, Parker got her boyfriend to agree to the act as a form of punishment if he cheated. Parker initially intended to burn the man’s testicles, but he talked her into only burning his penis. Granted, “only” is not the most apt word. The man suffered third-degree burns that will require years of treatment:
The court has heard he now requires constant review by medical specialists who have indicated the healing and scarring process may take up to two years.
“In short, his penis will be scarred for life and he will suffer from a number of issues, including the proper function of his penis, not to mention the cosmetic and psychological problems associated with the scarring to such a sensitive site,” Judge Muscat said.
This all began because Parker is apparently an incredibly jealous woman. The judge acknowledged that she frequently physically and emotionally abused her boyfriend if she suspected or he admitted to cheating. The situation worsened to such an extent that Parker talked the man into agreeing to let her burn his testicles with straighteners if he cheated on her. And that is what happened:
“He was unfaithful to you and had spent two nights with his ex-girlfriend and had sex with her. “When you found out about that, you reminded him of his promise to you.
“He asked you ‘What about it?’ referring to the promise he had previously made.
“You told him to remove his penis from his shorts, which he did.
“He said that you could ‘tap it’ with the straighteners after he removed his penis, after you said that you were not going to burn his testicles.”
Let us stop there. If ever there were a clear example of an abusive relationship, this is it. This woman has so much control and power over this man that she got him to agree to allow her to burn one of the most sensitive parts of his body. Imagine what this woman did to this man to get him to that point. Imagine the abuse he had to suffer to break him to such a degree that he would accept being burned as punishment. Yet the judge framed the situation as such:
Judge Muscat said neither of the couple had realised the “seriousness of what you were about to embark on.”
The couple? No, it is not “the couple.” This is purely out of Parker’s mind. She concocted the idea, she bullied her boyfriend into agreeing to it, and she reminded him of his “promise.” Only she is responsible.
“You took his penis in your hand and then, with the other, you placed the straighteners on either side of the shaft of his penis before squeezing them momentarily.
“I need not here say anything of the pain and shock which he then experienced.”
I disagree. People are unaware of what actually happens during a third-degree burn. Here is an explanation:
Third-degree burns are the worst burns. They cause the most damage, extending through every layer of skin. The damage can even reach the bloodstream, major organs, and bones, which can lead to death.
There is a misconception that third-degree means most painful. With this type of burn, the damage is so extensive that you may not feel pain because your nerves are damaged. Depending on the cause, third-degree burns cause the skin to look (follow the link at your own risk):
– waxy and white
– dark brown
– raised and leathery
Now that we know what this man suffered, let us continue:
The victim had described his penis as “swollen, blistering and pussy and black in colour” after the incident and did not immediately seek treatment because of his embarrassment.
Here are the risks the man faced by not immediately seeking medical attention:
Third-degree burns carry the most risk for complications, such as infections, blood loss, and shock. Still, this doesn’t mean that minor first and second-degree burns can’t cause complications. All burns carry the risk of infections because bacteria can enter broken skin. Sepsis, or a bloodstream infection, can occur in the most severe cases. This can lead to shock or even death.
Tetanus is another possible complication with burns of all levels. Like sepsis, tetanus is a bacterial infection. It affects the nervous system, eventually leading to problems with muscle contractions. As a rule of thumb, every member of your household should receive updated tetanus shots every five years to prevent this type of infection.
Severe burns also carry the risk of hypothermia and hypovolemia. Hypothermia is characterized by dangerously low body temperatures. While this may seem like an unexpected complication of a burn, the condition is actually prompted by excessive loss of body heat from an injury. Hypovolemia, or low blood volume, occurs when your body loses too much blood from a burn.
Scars are a complication of all burns. Severe burns may cause keloids, which are discolored areas of scar tissue on the skin. While keloids aren’t harmful in themselves, they can be bothersome. The appearance of scar tissue can worsen with sun exposure, so be sure to wear adequate sunscreen on any exposed areas.
In short, this is not something that will fully heal and go away. This man will live with this for the rest of his life. Yet the truly disturbing thing is Parker’s nonsense rationale for burning him:
When Parker was interviewed by police she told she had only applied the straightener for a couple of seconds and thought it would only feel like sunburn.
Let us stop there. Women use various forms of hot irons to style their hair. None of them would dare hold a hot straightener to their skin for a couple of seconds. Enough women deal with burns from the utensil barely nicking their skin to know that holding it there for a couple of seconds will hurt much more than a sunburn. That sounds like a lie, which Parker essentially admitted when she stated:
“To start off with, it looked brown around the outside and it didn’t look too bad, it just looked as if you had cooked a piece of meat,” she told police.
What minor sunburn looks brown like a piece of cooked meat? There is simply no way she did not know what she was doing. This is as clear an example of domestic violence as one could get. That is why the judge did this:
Judge Muscat sentenced Parker to nine months’ jail but suspended that sentence upon her entering an 18-month good behaviour bond.
So not only was Parker not charged with domestic violence despite clearly engaging in it and the judge acknowledging her behavior as abusive, but she does not even have to serve a day in jail for her actions. She gets to walk without any actual punishment.
Granted, Australia has a terrible record of addressing domestic violence against men. Prominent feminists like Michael Flood work to silence male victims by denying they exist and downplaying their injuries.
People should make note of the latter in regards to this issue as it is a very common retort from feminists. They will say women report more sever injuries than men. Perhaps, but that may not result from an actual lack of injury against men. The man in this case did not immediately seek help out of embarrassment. Had his wounds been less severe or if he could have treated them himself, it is likely he would not have told anyone, including researchers.
These are the types of assaults that can easily get lost in the perpetual politicking. We do not know how frequently men are severely injured because we cannot know if those men will report their injuries.
Yet that does not explain how this judge can see the evidence of how abusive this woman is and give her a complete pass. She is not even prohibited from contacting her victim.
It is an absolute travesty of justice.