A forlorn peek above our garters to Miss Vicki at God is a Dyke for bringing us this bit of heartbreaking news.
Apparently, Joyce Y. Beddell, 61, walked in on her sixteen year old granddaughter in flagrante delicto with another girl from the neighborhood. Instead of politely excusing herself, Mrs. Beddell chose a different, heartbreaking path.
The granddaughter had just finished having sex with another 16-year-old girl and was in an upstairs bedroom. Beddell walked in and found them together.
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The neighborhood girl ran out of the house to her nearby home while Beddell was beating her granddaughter with the cane.
Neighbors said they saw Beddell leave the house a short time later. She was accompanied by her limping granddaughter. The two of them went to the other girl’s house to tell her mother what they had been doing.
Beddell returned to her home with her granddaughter and continued to beat her with a belt.
The granddaughter is safe in a hospital, being treated for “unspecified injuries” and Mrs. Beddell is safely in jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. The charges pending against her include assault, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and endangering the welfare of a child.
This rips my guts out. It’s horrific that such violence against non-strictly-heterosexual people occurs so frequently, but this wasn’t just some random religious fundamentalist. This was a young woman’s own grandmother. She beat her own granddaughter, with a cane, until the cane broke, then humiliated her by parading her down the street to the other girl’s home, marched her home again, and continued beating her with a belt because her cane had broken.
My heart bleeds for the granddaughter. I’m too sad to even be angry, though I should be, and I feel guilty that I can’t even get past the sadness to get to the anger.
(Crossposted at Sex in the Public Square)
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