Cortoni, F., Babchishin, K. M., & Rat, C. (2016). The Proportion of Sexual Offenders Who Are Female Is Higher Than Thought: A Meta-Analysis. Criminal Justice and Behavior
Women commit sexual offenses, but the proportion of sexual offenders who are female is subject to debates. Based on 17 samples from 12 countries, the current meta-analysis found that a small proportion of sexual offenses reported to police are committed by females (fixed-effect meta-analytical average = 2.2%). In contrast, victimization surveys indicated prevalence rates of female sexual offenders that were six times higher than official data (fixed-effect meta-analytical average = 11.6%). Female sexual offenders are more common among juvenile offenders than adult offenders, with approximately 2 percentage points more female juvenile sex offenders than female adult sex offenders. We also found that males were much more likely to self-report being victimized by female sex offenders compared with females (40% vs. 4%). The current study provides a robust estimate of the prevalence of female sexual offending, using a large sample of sexual offenses across diverse countries.
I am pleased to see that, especially from this researcher, some time is being put into looking at the numbers. Even so I suspect that the numbers are higher than even this study states. If you look at the numbers when it comes to female sex offenders and children the numbers go much higher.
Here is a case out of Australia that is just wrong in so many ways. A 47 year old mother of 8 children and school teacher is convicted of trying to sexually abuse a 10 year old boy. Let me rephrase that. A 10 year old special needs student who was a student of hers and a neighbor. She received no jail sentence and only 200 hours of community service.
However there is more to this case. According to the article this woman, Diane Brimble, went way over the line in many ways. She had the boy’s name tattooed on her chest; she wrote him love letters in which she professed her love for him; she exposed herself to him; she showed him sex toys and she attempted to convince him he was old enough to have sex with her when he rebuffed her attempt to get him to sleep with her. She also had a framed photograph of the boy at her bedside.
The jury found her not guilty of the child grooming charge and the judge stated she was unlikely to reoffend. How the jury came to that decision is beyond me and the judge stating she is unlikely to reoffend is puzzling. How does he know she is unlikely to reoffend?
Think about how far this woman went and how far she might have gone if she had succeeded. It is way beyond normal, even for sexual offenders, to have their 10 year old special needs victims name tattooed on their chest.
Her barrister stated that Ms. Brimble “has not overstepped into criminal conduct.” She also went on to state that she had a difficult life and an abusive marriage. Many offenders, both male and female, have had abusive pasts. Yet we tend to give more sympathy to female offenders who have been abused than we do for male offenders.
Lastly ask yourself this. If this was a 47 year old male teacher who had done all this to a 10 year old special needs girl, do you think the outcome here would have been the same? Even close? I very much doubt it.
There was an article the other day out of Springfield Missouri. You can read the entire article here. The article mentioned some things that bear repeating:
A ten-year long study of the US Department of Justice shows female sex offenders tend to get lighter sentences. Although the same percentage of offenders for both sexes tend to do jail time, women typically do less. Men’s sentences are between 6 and 31% longer than women’s for the same or similar crime.
“I think if you look at the community there are still stereotypes that women don’t pose as much a threat as men,” explains Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson.
He is correct. Many people think that there is little or no harm done by a female sex offender. Some go so far as to think that the victim is “lucky” and should be happy about it.
“Because it happened to be a woman with a boy the world tends to pat a boy on the back and not have that much sympathy for him, but at the same time he’s a child and she’s an adult,” the mother from the beginning of our story concludes.
This also makes it much harder for the victim to actually say anything about what happened. The article points out a few cases in their area that demonstrate the difference.
We took a look at a few similar statutory rape and sodomy cases in the Ozarks where the offenders were men. Darrell Tindle is serving 20 years in prison for sex acts with a child under 14– remember Laura Kirkland got seven.
Chad Nevels got four years for sex with a 14-year-old, while Allison Peck originally got probation.
The last line of the article is this:
Patterson also tells us many sex offenders were themselves victims at one time in their lives, and women abused as children tend to elicit more sympathy in sentencing than men who were abused.
Correct again. My view is people are people and should be treated the same. That means as a unique individual unto themselves. I guess that good thing is that more articles like this are starting to appear in the press.