A person who abuses a child often finds a way to excuse the abuse. One hears about abusers blaming their victims, but one rarely sees it in action. A woman who plead guilty to raping a small boy for years gives an excellent example:
Tracy Vasholz, 34, of Wanamie, pleaded guilty earlier this year to raping and assaulting a child for 10 years. She was sentenced to four to eight years behind bars.
“I never encouraged the behavior. I probably should have gone to the authorities,” Vasholz said.
According to police, Vasholz is related to her victim and often babysat him.
From the time he was five years old, police said, Vasholz began to sexually assault him and the assault didn’t stop for 10 years.
Her remark is subtle, and not only blames the boy, who was five when the abuse began, but implies that it was he who did something wrong. It is not uncommon for abusers to claim they were targeted by their victims, and it is something many female rapists state in a play for sympathy. It might work for some people, particularly those who view female sexuality and sex as harmless and those who view rape as the exclusive domain of men. But again, the boy was five years old when the rape began. The idea that a then 24-year-old woman could not resist the advances of a five-year-old boy is laughable.
The truly ironic part is that the woman plead guilty, yet is still not taking responsibility for raping a child for ten years. She continues to see herself as the victim, and she received a fairly low sentence that could allow her to be released within as little as two or three years. On the positive side, she was sentenced to prison rather than receiving the usual slap on the wrist probation.
This admitted child rapist’s word are something to keep in mind the next time another female pedophile claims she loved her victim, or was emotionally depressed or starved, or that Jesus made her do it. The younger the victim is, the easier it is to see how the claims of depression and bipolar disorder and emotional problems are just gender-specific excuses female child rapists can use to shirk taking responsibility for their actions and garner sympathy and pity for themselves.