I write often about the double standard that applies to women who commit sex offenses. Female sex offenders are less likely to be reported, less likely to be arrested, less likely to be charged, less likely to face trial, less likely to be convicted, less likely to receive jail sentences, and less likely to receive lengthy sentences compared to male sex offenders. This occurs regardless of the nature of the abuse, the number of victims involved, or the impact of the abuse on the victims. We see this in numerous cases in which police, prosecutors, and judges will admit that the women’s violence severely harmed the child only to have the women walk away with suspended sentences and probation, often without having to register as sex offenders.
The one instance in which one would expect this not to occur is in child pornography cases. The reason is that the cases hinge on the creation, possession, and distribution of the images or videos. The only thing necessary to demonstrate any of the three is evidence that the person has the images or videos. If the state can demonstrate this, which it usually can, there is no reason why a woman possessing hundreds of pictures of children engaged in sex acts should receive a different sentence than a man with the same types of images.
But Alaska decided to prove this basic logic wrong:
A former Alaska woman who was sexually abused by her paternal grandfather and then, as an adult, downloaded and traded videos of child exploitation has avoided any jail.
Brittany Alexandra Robinson, 25 was the first woman in Alaska to be charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, according to Anchorage police.
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