A 26-year-old woman was arrested on charges that she had sex with a 12-year-old boy while they were both living at a domestic violence shelter.that she had sex with a 12-year-old boy while they were both living at a domestic violence shelter.
Bullock was originally charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, one count of sexual abuse and one count of child molestation, Prieto said.
I truly wish this was a shock to me, but it is not. How sad is it that this boy was raped in DV shelter. Not only does he have to deal with all the baggage of being raped by a woman and that he’s going to have to filter his experience through the fact that the shelter was supposed to be a “safe” place, but he also has to manage with the fact that this shelter impeded the arrest of his abuser for two months because the shelter was protecting her.
The boy had been staying with his mother at the shelter for about a week when his mother left him Oct. 29 in the care of another resident while she went out, said Tucson police Detective Monica Prieto of the child sexual abuse unit.
Bullock was not arrested until Dec. 13 when she was found at a Child Protective Services office, where she was visiting her two children, Prieto said.
Not so surprisingly, the shelter has nothing to say other than:
On Wednesday, the center’s program director, Julie Johnston, would not comment on the incident. She would say only that the center “adheres to federal and state confidentiality laws that protect survivors of domestic violence.”
I must give Ms. Johnston credit. That was a rather well-contrived cop-out. I suppose that the confidentiality of survivors of domestic violence must somehow outweigh the rights of children to be protected from (alledged) sex offenders. I would think that the same laws that apply to teachers, doctors, coaches, and other people who work with and volunteer around children would also apply to DV shelters, but I could be wrong.
This does raise rather disturbing questions. How often do DV shelters protect the identities of female abusers (sexual, physical, or otherwise), and how common is this policy?