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.