There is a new book that is coming out next month that has a section that deals with female sex offenders. Once the book is officially released we will add it to the book list and bibliography pages. For now here is the title, link and summary:
The public awareness and acknowledgement of sexually abusive behaviour by women is very new. Traditionally, rape had been viewed as an act of penis–vagina intercourse including oral or anal penetration or penetration by objects other than a penis. Once modern society began to acknowledge the existence of these forms of sexual assault, it was also forced to acknowledge that the assaults could be performed by a woman as well as a man. Besides the physical brutality of sexual assault, women also engage in coercive sexual practices. Despite the growing body of research on the topic of female sex offenders (FSOs), society seems to resist recognizing the problem. Awareness may not be any better in the mental health field. Several studies have indicated that mental health professionals viewed sexual molestation by women as benign and so the professionals were less likely to make appropriate referrals when the perpetrator was female.
One of the many reasons why we try to raise awareness about female sex offenders is because so many people don’t even think they exist. Many times when someone reports that they have been sexually abused by a woman they are not believed.For example one study found this:
The following news story is an example of this happening. According to the report the man had been reporting that his mother had been sexually abusing him and his brothers and sister. He first reported his mother when he was 8 years old and nothing happened. He allegedly told authorities half a dozen times that he was being molested and raped by his mother and still nothing was done. (You can read the news story here)
For years these children were being molested, tortured, by their mother and nothing was done to help them. The courage they displayed in reporting it was incredible and the fact that they kept reporting it and being ignored is criminal.