Woman fakes cancer to cover up child abuse

It never ceases to amaze me the lengths some people go to cover up their crimes. Jennifer Dempsey faked having cancer in order get away with child rape. She created an elaborate ruse that fooled her family and neighbors:

A woman who portrayed herself online as a 16-year-old girl who was pregnant was arrested Thursday for engaging in sex acts with teenage boys, Phoenix police said.

Jennifer Dempsey, 35, is accused of contacting 14-year-old to 16-year-old boys she did not know through Facebook and then meeting them for sex acts, Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said.

Dempsey told both victims she was pregnant and attended a meeting with one of the victim’s parents, Crump said.

Crump also said for the past five years, Dempsey convinced her family she had cancer. She shaved her head, bought wigs and had a fake chemotherapy port taped to her chest to make it appear real, Crump said.

Police detectives discovered Dempsey did not have cancer, but used the claim to help avoid arrest.

“She used her cancer ploy to our detectives to try and stay out of trouble,” said Crump. “She said this is the reason why she didn’t engage in the sexual conduct because she was constantly ill from chemotherapy, all of which we learned in the following days, was not true.”

One must give her credit for her creativity. Dempsey not only came up with an impressive excuse, but also committed to the deception. She would not admit to abusing any of the boys until police found text messages proving she had contact with the boy. However, Dempsey continued to deny sexually abusing the youngest boy.

This case is another example of why people should not assume women do not abuse children. While most abusers do not go this far to fool people, many female child abusers do use people’s assumptions to hide in plain sight. They do use people’s views about women to justify their behavior. They play to type, and people miss or ignore all the warning signs.

Police suspect that Dempsey may have played the cancer victim for some time. There may be other victims out there. Let us hope they come forward.

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6 thoughts on “Woman fakes cancer to cover up child abuse

  1. All child abusers are revolting, whatever sex or orientation they may be. None should be allowed to get away with it. It is amazing and horrifying just how much work people will put into their crimes…

  2. Not only does she willfully molest and assault the boys, she has the nerve to fake cancer in order to cover up her crime?

    This is thrice beyond sick. But I doubt she’s going to get anything but a slap on the wrist or get convicted but only on account of faking cancer and not the abuse itself.

    Tranishedsophia: “All child abusers are revolting, whatever sex or orientation they may be. None should be allowed to get away with it.”

    Too bad society still finds excuses to give female sickos lenient sentences.

  3. @Eagle35

    “Too bad society still finds excuses to give female sickos lenient sentences”

    Sad and true. Never a winning combination. I do blame our double standard of Female Arousal = Pure vs Male Arousal = Perverted.
    In other words, it’s disgusting when a 40 yr old man admits to being attracted to a 17 yr old actress…but it’s humorous/accepted when a 40 yr old woman admits to being attracted to a 17 yr old actor. Female sexuality is constantly shown as being “good” or even “passive”, but male sexual appetites are usually “bad” or “aggressive/violent”. Yet another double standard that harms everyone that buys into it.

  4. @The Real Peterman

    I didn’t go very in depth with it, but perhaps I should have. When a woman’s sexuality is viewed as always being passive, it becomes very difficult for society to accept that females crave sex/sensual touch as much as males do. If you’re always the “pure” or “passive” sex, you’re necessarily the partner who is acted UPON…never the ACTOR.

    This is one of the problems I have with Feminism. In having an ideology that claims women are good/passive/pure/better, men are almost necessarily the opposite. It leads to women remaining as victims that had/have no control over what happens to them, rather than allowing them to say “Yes, this abuse happened to me, but I’ll not let it define who I am. I want to be a survivor, not a lifelong victim.”

    Just a conclusion I reached while dealing with my own abuse, and having women try to tell me that “men are cruel that way”. No, dammit…NOT all men are like that, just like not all women are good.

  5. “This is one of the problems I have with Feminism. In having an ideology that claims women are good/passive/pure/better, men are almost necessarily the opposite.”

    There’s the dark irony: Feminism claiming to fight against sexist stereotypes while endorsing one against men for political points and domination of the gender debate.

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