Our new look is here

Well we finally made the change and hopefully this new look and setup will be quicker and better for everyone who visits the site. We will begin adding more to the Bibliography pages again and hopefully will start to post more frequently. Please let us know if you encounter any bugs. If you bookmarked the old URL you might want to change it to the new one which is www.femalesexoffenders.org.

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Ban male child care workers?

There is a case is Australia of a male child care worker has been accused of sexually abusing children in his care.  “Ban on male child carers considered after horrific abuse case.”. 

According to the article the South Australian government is prepared to consider “banning men from working as child carers.” 

Really?  I guess they have missed some of the research studies out there about children and who sexually abuses them.  It is not just men.  But lets look at a few of the studies:

In cases of daycare molestation, more than 60% of children who were molested, were molested by women

One in six adult men reported being sexually molested as children, and — in a surprise finding — nearly 40 percent of the perpetrators were female, a new study found.

In a study of 17,337 survivors of childhood sexual abuse, 23% had a female-only perpetrator and 22% had both male and female perpetrators. ( Dube, Shanta R et al. Long-Term Consequences of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Gender of Victim.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine. (2005):28(5), p 430 – 438.

The sexual abuse of children by women, primarily mothers, once thought to be so rare it could be ignored, constituted 25% (approximately 36 000 children) of the sexually abused victims. This statistic is thought to be underestimated due to the tendency of non-disclosure by victims. – (Source National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect)

Have we really gone so far as to just automatically assume someone may sexually abuse because of their gender?  This story right here helps demonstrate one of the problems with people being naive about child sexual abuse. 

To be fair the article does state that it is not unknown for female’s to be abusers but obviously that doesn’t seem to be the case here.  Female sex offenders, like all sex offenders, flourish because of ignorance like this.  Hopefully someone will let the official quoted in the article know that female sex offenders, especially against children, are much more common than he thinks.

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Domestic Violence Research – A new study

There is another study out that demonstrates that women and men are pretty much equal when it comes to domestic violence.  This is not something that is new knowledge, there are a lot of studies that demonstrate this.  You can see a list of them by clicking on this link.  That link takes you to a bibliography much like we have here except it is about domestic violence research.  The new study that is out is this:

Bates, E. A., Graham-Kevan, N., & Archer, J. (2014). Testing predictions from the male control theory of men’s partner violence. Aggressive Behavior, 40(1), 42-55. doi: 10.1002/ab.21499

Abstract

The aim of this study was to test predictions from the male control theory of intimate partner violence (IPV) and Johnson’s [Johnson, M. P. (1995). Journal of Marriage and the Family, 57, 282–294] typology. A student sample (N  = 1,104) reported on their use of physical aggression and controlling behavior, to partners and to same-sex non-intimates. Contrary to the male control theory, women were found to be more physically aggressive to their partners than men were, and the reverse pattern was found for aggression to same-sex non-intimates. Furthermore, there were no substantial sex differences in controlling behavior, which significantly predicted physical aggression in both sexes. IPV was found to be associated with physical aggression to same-sex non-intimates, thereby demonstrating a link with aggression outside the family. Using Johnson’s typology, women were more likely than men to be classed as “intimate terrorists,” which was counter to earlier findings. Overall, these results do not support the male control theory of IPV. Instead, they fit the view that IPV does not have a special etiology, and is better studied within the context of other forms of aggression. Aggr. Behav. 40:42–55, 2014. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

You can view the full study at that link.

So why put this here?  Because it, along with the other studies, just reinforces the message that we keep repeating here and that is that people are people and each situation and person is unique unto itself.  Sweeping generalizations, stereotypes and preconceptions can be harmful.  We need to move away from all of these things and start treating everyone as a unique individual.

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