Woman abused son on webcam

A woman faces three years and three months in jail for abusing her son and broadcasting it via webcam to her partner. According to the article, the abuse came to light when the woman admitted the abuse to a domestic violence charity:

It came to light when his mother made a complaint at Next Link Domestic Abuse Services in Bristol.

Her disturbing confession was passed on to Avon and Somerset police and she was taken in for questioning. Her son was also interviewed.

Prosecuting, Mark Hollier said: “In a very ordinary voice, he described an incident to the police officers about how his mother had given him a sex lesson in the main bedroom of the family home and this was observed by [the partner] via a webcam and computer link.”

The mum – who wept through much of the hearing – denied “volunteering” to have sex with her son.

She was charged with engaging in penetrative sexual activity with a boy under 13 which she admitted.

Of course, the claim is that the man is ultimately responsible for the woman’s behavior. As the judge put it:

Judge Michael Longman told her: “Your behaviour towards your son was contrary to human instincts and basic decency.

“It occurred after you met a man who clearly was controlling and over-bearing; a man who, it is also clear, should be prosecuted himself but is outside the jurisdiction and beyond the reach of this investigation.

“Even though he was at a distance from you, he continued to exert that influence, but you continued to behave towards your son in a way which, despite that pressure, your own instincts should have prevented.”

This is not to say that it is impossible for the man to have had such control over the woman. It is only to say that when women abuse, it is common to find the nearest male–even if it be the victim–and blame him rather than hold the woman wholly responsible for her actions. So it comes as no surprise that “a psychiatric report found the woman had a personality disorder which made her susceptible to being in abusive relationships and would become dependent on abusive partners.”

For some unknown legal reason, neither the man or the country is apparently is in can be named. The article states that the authorities are attempting to extradite him back to Bristol so he can be charged.

It will be interesting to see what charges the authorities level against the man. He committed no direct act of sexual violence against the boy, so all that would be left would be coercion and pornography charges. It is worth noting that the woman did not face the latter charges despite creating and distributing child porn.

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8 thoughts on “Woman abused son on webcam

  1. Regardless of whether the mother was evil, stupid or both, she should not be allowed to raise anymore children.

  2. ” it is common to find the nearest male–even if it be the victim–and blame him rather than hold the woman wholly responsible for her actions. ”

    How did I KNOW that this angle would come out, even after only reading the headline?

  3. That heartless, cold-blooded mother should be given more than three years for viciously assaulting her son.

    You put your hands on a child like that, I don’t care if you are Mother Theresa. Your rear end belongs behind bars.

  4. @javaloco Generally, sex offenders tend to blame society, the circumstances of the offence, the victim for their offending behaviour (Gudjonsson, 1988) and their partners. We found that the great majority of the women in our study offended with their partners (N=12) and blamed them for coercing them, thus seeking to avoid responsibility for their actions. These findings support the seminal work of Mathews et al. (1989) who claimed that the small sample of women who participated in their study were male-coerced. These women tended to be dependent on their male partners with history of sexual or domestic abuse. Fearing abandonment, they felt compelled to obey the pressure of their partners to commit sexual offences against children, often their own.

    In this study, an online female offender who was convicted of making and distributing indecent images of her own children also took very little responsibility for her actions and deflected blame wherever possible.

    “He asked me would I hold my son this time and my son just had swimming trunks on because he was playing in the garden so again I was like ‘no, I don’t want to do that’ and eventually he convinced me, if I loved him, if he was going to take care of me and the kids then” (Female sex offender).

    When confronted by the police with the recorded evidence found in the offender’s computer, she admitted her offence but blamed her male partner. One of the fundamental questions that the authors focused upon in analysing the interview transcripts was: to what extent can these female offenders deny their responsibility and blame their male partners?

    Online child sexual abuse by female offenders: An Exploratory study

    http://www.cybercrimejournal.com/elenaetaljandec2010.htm

  5. If he were charged in isolation (if she died, for example) his charge would be far greater than anything she can expect to receive. It’s only in contrast to her being an “actual perpetrator” that he will be given a lighter sentence than hers (if indeed he is). It’s entirely plausible that he will receive a Harsher sentence, when controlled for jurisdictional differences. And yet we can see this dichotomy play out in full force when it comes to child pornography where simple possession is punished more harshly than actual creation.

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