Back in May there was a program shown in the UK titled “Breaking a Female Paedophile Ring.”
Overall I thought it was well done. I made a few notes while watching it and want to reflect on them here.
During part of the show they played a recording of Vanessa George and she made the following statement:
You’d have to put a ring on my finger to make me do things like that.
She was talking about doing sexual activities with a child and made this comment before she had done anything. This type of comment points to a theme that ran through the show with all the offenders.
That theme is that the offenders were putting their own desires. their own wants and needs ahead of the children. They also were treating the children like objects, like property rather than as people.
The show had a few good comments that I liked. One was the comment about a general misconception about women not being abusers. Another was the comment that 1/5 of the Childline callers had reported being abused by a woman.
There were more comments about or by the other offenders that I think were telling. For example Angela Allen was reported to have called him a pervert when he got arrested yet acted innocent at the time.
For her, Angela Allen, to have gone from taking pictures to taking pictures of herself sexually abusing a child speaks volumes.
Tracy Lyons talked about how they used to just send her links to sites and pictures but she just got rid of them because they were “disgusting.” So of course they were so disgusting that she kept on having contact with them.
Even more telling is how she made the disgusting comment and claimed she stopped having contact with them because she would not do what they asked but the truth is that in a two week period she went from contact online to making a film of herself orally sexually abusing a 2-year-old child.
I think the film did a good job with the limited amount of time they had. I think they showed how everyone, male and female, are 100% responsible for their own behaviors.
Yes they may have been vulnerable but that does not excuse their actions. They put their own wants/needs ahead of the children. Child Sexual Abuse is a very selfish act with the perpetrators treating the children like objects or property rather than as fellow human beings. There are many lonely vulnerable people in the world and they do not do these things.