Marylin Rosario of 176 Sherman St. was arrested yesterday and charged with first-degree rape and first-degree robbery. Officers were called to the victim’s residence on Plymouth Avenue about 5:50 p.m., said Officer Kate Springer.
The victim told police a woman coaxed her way into his residence by telling him she was an employee of the Health Department and wanted to talk about sexually transmitted diseases, Springer said.
Once inside, the boy reportedly said, the woman produced a knife and raped him.
According to police reports, she also took cash.
Over the past six months we have seen numerous instances of women charged with raping boys. The media has persisted in using female-friendly terms such as “relationship” and “affair,” largely to minimize the negative perceptions of these women. While a discussion about the misrepresentation of “consensual” sex between adult women and barely pubescent boys is certainly a noteworthy topic, the difference with this case is that it shatters the myth that women do not and cannot commit violent rape.
Many people within our society view women as pillars of innocence, sometimes more so than children. Whether as a result of chivalry or an extension of feminism, instead of holding these women accountable and responsible their actions we fall into the trap of dismissing these women has troubled, abused and crazy. No sane woman would ever harm a child therefore any woman who does so must suffer from a mental illness. This of course is not true, but it is what we have come to accept.
While this case has yet to make national news, (probably because the knife-wielding rapist does not float anyone’s boat) it should not be overlooked. Some supporters of female rapists will claim this is an isolated event. Feminist critics and chivalrous men alike will portray this woman as the victim and dismiss the violent assault as negligible at best. One could argue about it for days on end without reaching a compromise.
But again that discussion is secondary to the real problem: Why are more women committing rape against boys? Several people have hinted at this question, but few have addressed it directly. Certainly rape by women is nothing new. One would have to be the epitome of naïve to believe women suddenly decided to rape children starting in 1997 with Mary Kay Letourneau. High-profile cases like the Letourneau case encouraged more men and boys to report their rapes. Current statistics place the rate of rape of males by women between 4% to as high as 60%.
Yet it would be negligent to ignore that more women appear to rape boys than before. Based on the conclusions reached by psychologists (who admittedly have not studied female violence thoroughly), one element runs through the vast majority of these cases: the rape is an extension of the woman’s sexuality. These women use boys to fulfill their sexual desires. The power play is secondary to the fulfillment of these women’s desires and “needs.” While feminists would deny there is any connection between their attempt to free women to explore their sexuality and women raping boys, one cannot dismiss the fact that these female rapists, through their own admission, rape to fulfill their sexual and emotional desires. What we see is a more narcissistic form of the same ideas feminists holds, best exemplified by feminist Germaine Greer’s call that women should exert their sexuality over barely pubescent boys as an expression of their sexual freedom (One cannot miss the irony of a feminist sexually exploiting boys and then calling it female “empowerment”)
Although I do not believe most of the female rapists have thought into their actions deeply enough to collectively morph feminist ideals into child rape, I do believe this is more than mere coincidence. Combined with the chivalrous attitudes that condone sex between minor boys and adult women, female rapists have latched on to ideas about female sexuality and exploited the rather obvious flaw in the notion of sex without responsibility. What we see is almost a mirror of the feminist theory of a rape culture, with the exception that female desires are considered paramount.
I would be a fool to blame this situation entirely on feminism. Society allows women to prey on children, and even now does very little to prevent it. Chivalrous men make excuses for these women, all the while mocking the boys who feel victimized and abused. We collectively have a responsibility to address issues of child rape, starting by acknowledging the parts we all play in the problem. Yes, it would be easier to blame female rape on feminist ideas about sexual empowerment, but it is not that simple. Everyone has contributed to this problem. The absence of an outcry by anyone outside of men’s groups is a testament to our willingness to excuse and ignore female violence rather than address it. That is not to say this boy would not have been raped. However, his rapist would not be held on $1500 bond if we did.
EDIT: The verdict is in.