A mother has told of her shock after she was attacked by a random stranger.
Jen Anderson Shattuck was enjoying an innocent day in the park with her three-year-old son Roo when the unthinkable happened.
As the pair tool a stroll together, they were approached by a man who asked Jen why she allowed her son to wear a skirt.
The situation quickly escalated, as the man accused the young mother of “child abuse”, before telling her young son the she is a “bad mommy”.
As she shared the horrific incident on Facebook, Jen said it has left Roo feeling terrified, asking whether “the bad man” will return.
“On our walk to the park, my son and I were accosted by someone who demanded to know why my son was wearing a skirt,” she wrote.
“We didn’t know him, but he appeared to have been watching us for some time.
She said the man asked: “I’m just curious. Why do you keep doing his to your son?”
“He wasn’t curious. He didn’t want answers. He wanted to make sure we both knew that what my son was doing – what I was allowing him to do – was wrong.”
However, events took an even more sinister turn, as the man spoke to her son directly: “She shouldn’t keep doing this to you…You’re a boy. She’s a bad mommy. It’s child abuse,” he told the toddler.
She the man “threatened” her as he left, saying: “Now everyone will know, you’ll see.”
The incident has left Roo shaken, with him asking: “Is the man coming back? The bad man? Is he going to shout more unkind things about my skirt? Is he going to take more pictures?”
Despite this, Jen says she will not be intimidated and will continue to love and protect her son.
“The world may not love my son for who he is, but I do,” she wrote.
“I was put on this Earth to make sure he knows it.”
Her touching post has had more than 45,000 likes and been shared more than 43,000 times.
It has also let to an online movement where people share photos of themselves wearing tutus with the hashtag #TutusForRoo.
Jen says she and her wife Audra plan have been touched by all of the support and plan to continue their “normal routine” with their young son – tutus and all.