Of all the things that inspire pain in a mother, seeing her autistic child struggle to lead a normal life surpasses many. Our lack of understanding and empathy towards autism add up to the already challenging lifestyle for a person affected with this condition. However, this mother decided to take things in her hands and turn the tables.
Kathy Lette, an Australian-British author, has an autistic son who was struggling to form a relationship with women after hitting puberty. Seeing her soon diving into deep pits of loneliness and despair, she decided to hire a prostitute to provide her son with sexual experience and human intimacy.
Kathy Lette recalls the incident when her son, Julius Robertson, was 20. Due to Asperger syndrome, Julius failed to form a meaningful relationship with women even though he tried to woo them. However, he only came across people who made fun of him. Kathy writes on Daily Mail,
But to girls his own age, his idiosyncrasies prove just too exotic. People on the autistic spectrum are truly original but the average teenage girl doesn’t think outside the ‘neurotypical’ box.
On and on they came, the endless everyday put-downs. One girl called him a ‘spaz’. Another took him to a party simply so her friends could make fun of his colorful vernacular.
Confused and worried, Kathy was convinced by another mother with an autistic child to hire a prostitute for her son. As Julius suffered from anxiety and depression due to his constant failure, Kathy finally visited the red light area to pick up a girl.
No, this was a bad, bad idea. I waved my hand back and forth like a windshield wiper to shoo the women away. When it came to parenting, I obviously needed a hat marked ‘trainee’.
Kathy realized that the act involved a great amount of danger. A few days later she found out that a man was arrested for doing a similar thing for his son. Kathy’s son soon found a girl organically. Now 26, Julius has had many relationships and plays an autistic character in BBC 1’s ‘Holby City’.