In some countries, rape laws are worded in a way that makes it impossible to charge a woman with rape even when the victim is a child. For example:
An 11-year-old New Zealand boy was reported Saturday to have fathered a child with the 36-year-old mother of a school friend, raising questions on why women cannot be charged with rape in the country.
Counsellors working in the area of child sexual abuse said the case highlighted a lack of attention to women as potential offenders, according to the New Zealand Herald, which reported the story.
The case has also prompted an examination of the law, under which the crime of rape applies only to men.
As the article later states:
Under New Zealand law, the crime of rape applies only to men and carries a maximum jail sentence of 20 years.
Women who force a male to have sex face a charge of sexual violation which carries a maximum 14-year sentence.
Not only can women not be charged with rape no matter how violent the act, but they do not even face the same potential sentence if convicted.
And just in case people this was a harmless act, here is what allegedly occurred:
The Weekend Herald was told that the contact between the boy and the woman began about April last year, when the boy was aged 11. The woman’s son took a day off school and encouraged his friend to do likewise, spending the day at his home.
During the course of the day, the woman gave the boy beer to drink and then later took part in a sexual encounter with him.
In other words, she drugged him in order to have sex with him. That is rape on two levels: by virtue of the boy’s age and his intoxication.
This case has, however, raised concern about the law. Justice Minister Judith Collins will look into the law, and her investigation may prompt a change in New Zealand.
This kind of thing is inexcusable. There should not be a double standard when it comes to child rape. There should not be a means for women who prey on children to walk, which this woman may do, just because of their sex. This certainly should not still be the case in 2013. And this hardly the first time a woman has raped a child in New Zealand. I suspect that the only reason this made national and international news is because the rape resulted in a baby.
Fortunately, they took the baby from the woman, so it appears the authorities in New Zealand have some element of common sense. Reportedly, the victim is also in state custody, although no reason for why is given.
Hopefully New Zealand changes its laws to allow women to be charged with rape. Given that women commit between 40% to 60% of the sexual violence against males, there is simply no reason not to hold women who prey on children as accountable for their actions as men.