We have added a few new studies to the Bibliography pages. One of those studies may be of interest to those folks who have written to us asking about disparity in treatment issues. That study is:
McLeod, D. A., & Craft, M. L. (2015). Female Sexual Offenders in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: National Trends Associated with Child Protective Services System Entry, Exit, Utilization, and Socioeconomics. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 9(4), 399–416. doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/15548732.2015.1064849
Up to 20% of child sexual abuse cases in the United States involve a female perpetrator in a primary role. However, less than 1% of incarcerated sex offenders in the United States are female. Female offenders appear to be systematically moving on different consequential trajectories than men when it comes to sexual offenses. This project assesses gendered disparities in the ways substantiated child sexual offenders experience the U.S. public child welfare system through an investigation of virtually every substantiated child sexual abuse case in the nation as documented by state level child protective services for 1 year (N = 66,765). Findings detail how during the time substantiated female sexual offenders are involved with child welfare agencies, they receive higher levels of mental health, substance abuse, family centered, and economic based services than comparable male sex offenders. Additional findings and implications are also discussed; including observed differential pathways for child welfare system entry and exit.
No surprise really but it should not be this way if we hope to reduce all offending behaviors regardless of gender.