When women sexually abuse

Originally posted on April 11, 2013

Several years ago I read a book called Female Sexual Abuse of Children. Michele Elliot edited the book. As I recall, the book gave two different views of the issue: one professional, the other from the victims.

The book relied on a handful of testimonials — I believe four women and one man — to describe the ways women sexually abuse children. However, what they shared painted a picture far different from what people expect. These abusive women were not angels. The abuse was not pretty and harmless. These women were not victims of controlling men forcing them to act. These women were just as vicious, violent, and predatory as many male child rapists.

For obvious reasons, Elliott’s book prompted a great deal of backlash. Here is a dedicated sexual abuse researcher and a feminist writing about women committing child rape. Elliott recounts the responses people had to her findings in an interview. Continue reading

Top Posts of 2012

These were the top posts that I wrote in 2012. There were posts that got more views, but I wanted to limit to this year alone.

A Dose of (Godwin-style) Stupid v.59
Being a Man: The Masks We Wear
Child abuse in India
Feminist researchers find female sex offenders get slaps on the wrist
The hypocrisy of anti-bigotry
It’s not rape if a woman does it
Once Bitten
Quiz: How did Manboobz’s feminist commenters respond to a man’s account of rape?
Shame, Blame, and “Rape Culture”
Why is George Zimmerman not in jail?

Sex abuse double standard

I often write about the double standard in sex abuse cases. When women commit the same sex offense as men, women often receive lighter sentences and social praise for their actions. Prosecutors, judges, and juries tend to take female-perpetrated sexual violence less seriously, and one need only watch late-night talk shows to see how the public regards the issue.

Since Mary Kay Letourneau made national news for being convicted of raping her 13-year-old student, female sex offenders no longer remain hidden. There has been more research and discussion about women who commit sexual violence. However, we do not see what the situation is like for prosecutors. We do not get to see the double-bind they are in, and that ignorance may make some more cynical about prosecutors’ attitudes (see the previous paragraph). A recent article provides an insight into what prosecutors go through: Continue reading