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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Double Standard in sentencing?

A case out of Texas of a 40+ year old woman who was found guilty of sexual assault of her best friends child, a 13 year old boy at the time it started. 

So I would ask what is the likely sentence if we switched the genders of the two?  40+ year old male who sexually assaults his best friends 13 year old daughter for 2 years. 

You can read about the case here.  The sentence ended up being 5 years probation.  When cases like this happen and the offender is a male and gets a slap on the wrist all sorts of complaints are heard. 

As long as some female sex offenders continue to benefit from the gender double standard things will not really be fair, just, or equal for anyone.

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Recent female sex offender cases

Here is a partial list of some recent cases involving female sex offenders:

Rachel Erin Alman, 26, – Sentenced to five years in prison for 4th degree sexual assault.

Ethel Anderson, 30, – Found guilty of molesting boy, 12.

Andrea Antrich, 24, – 10 year suspended sentence for 2nd degree rape of student.

Loni Bouchard, 22, – 3 year suspended sentence for sexual abuse of 2 boys ages 14 and 9.

Malia Brooks, 32, – Sentenced to six years in prison for lewd conduct with child under 14.

Lisa Davis, 48, – Plead guilty to 1st degree child molestation, molesting student, age 10.

Stacey Lynn DeLong, 37, Judge overrules plea agreement, no adjudication in case.

Jennifer Dempsey, 35 – Plead guilty to molestation of a child, attempted sexual conduct with a minor and sexual conduct with a minor.

Sally Deupree, 56, – Found guilty of possession and manufacturing of child pornography.

Tonya Flink, 40, – Plead guilty to two counts of improper relationship between an educator and a student.  Sentenced to 4 years probation.

Kelsey L. Hartmann, 28, – Plead guilty to felony unlawful sexual conduct.

Tiffany Maydew, 40, – Plead guilty to 3rd degree rape charge – 5 years probation.

Amanda Kay Miller, 36, – Plead guilty to 3rd degree sex offense, sentenced to one year home detention, 4 years suspended.

Kelly K. Miller, 34, – Sentenced to probation for inappropriate texts to student.

Michelle Ann Newberry, 44, – Plead guilty to unlawful sex with a minor, Sentenced to 1 year in jail, 5 years probation.

Ashley Onysko, 23, – Plead guilty to human trafficking of 4 young women, 2 were teens.

Cheri Powers, 45, – Plead guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor, 30 day work crew sentence.

Connie Ramirez, 43, – Plead guilty to three counts of rape and one count of pandering obscenity involving a minor.  Sentenced to 25 years.

Christal Sheridan, 32, – Plead guilty to numerous charges including statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact or communication with a minor and corruption of minors. Sentenced to up to five years in prison.

Courtney Speer, 32, – Plead guilty to four counts of sexual assault in the second degree.  Sentenced to 15 years with 8 suspended.

Deborah Lee Tipton, 45, – Sentenced to 18 years prison for making and sharing a sexually explicit video of an 11 year old girl.

Linda Leann Wallace, 53, – Sentenced to 16 years prison for sexual assault.

Jamila Love Williams, 35, – Plead no contest to three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

 

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