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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New study finds that women rape men nearly equally to how often they’re victimized by them.

There is a new study from UCLA that has some interesting results.  The study is:

Stemple, L., & Meyer, I. H. (2014). The sexual victimization of men in america: New data challenge old assumptions. American Journal of Public Health, E1-E8. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.301946.

In an article discussing this study it is stated that this study should be used ” to facilitate better societal understanding” and “When that happens, victims of either gender will feel more empowered to seek help and shed the burden of shame they shouldn’t be feeling in the first place.”  I could not agree more.

Here are a few quotes:

Her journey to this remarkable discovery that could change how we talk about sexual assault in America began with combing over a recent National Crime Victimization Survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

In it, she noticed that 38 percent of sexual assault cases in a survey of more than 40,000 households involved men as the victims. In previous years, the stats were between five and 14 percent, indicating that the crime is grossly underreported.

When that happens, victims of either gender will feel more empowered to seek help and shed the burden of shame they shouldn’t be feeling in the first place.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1231307/women-rape-men-a-lot-more-than-you-think-study/#tMclB4YxDLk91Joy.99
When that happens, victims of either gender will feel more empowered to seek help and shed the burden of shame they shouldn’t be feeling in the first place.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1231307/women-rape-men-a-lot-more-than-you-think-study/#tMclB4YxDLk91Joy.99
When that happens, victims of either gender will feel more empowered to seek help and shed the burden of shame they shouldn’t be feeling in the first place.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1231307/women-rape-men-a-lot-more-than-you-think-study/#tMclB4YxDLk91Joy.99
it should be used to facilitate better societal understanding.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1231307/women-rape-men-a-lot-more-than-you-think-study/#tMclB4YxDLk91Joy.99
it should be used to facilitate better societal understanding.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/1231307/women-rape-men-a-lot-more-than-you-think-study/#tMclB4YxDLk91Joy.99

When the term “being made to penetrate” is included as part of the general definition of rape, it turns out that women rape men nearly equally to how often they’re victimized by them.

“This definition includes victims who were forced to penetrate someone else with their own body parts, either by physical force or coercion, or when the victim was drunk or high or otherwise unable to consent,” Rosin explains.

We have said for years that we need to get away from gender stereotypes and assumptions and look for the truth, whatever that truth might be.  With no one ever thinking to even look for this problem it has always been assumed there was no problem.  More and more research is showing how wrong this is.  Female sex offenders are much more common than anyone once thought.

If we ever want to make more progress than we already have with abuse. all types, we need to move towards an understanding that abuse is abuse and all types can be equally harmful.  We need to be open and willing to help anyone who has been abused regardless of their gender.

For those who are curious here is the abstract from the study:

We assessed 12-month prevalence and incidence data on sexual victimization in 5 federal surveys that the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted independently in 2010 through 2012. We used these data to examine the prevailing assumption that men rarely experience sexual victimization. We concluded that federal surveys detect a high prevalence of sexual victimization among men—in many circumstances similar to the prevalence found among women. We identified factors that perpetuate misperceptions about men’s sexual victimization: reliance on traditional gender stereotypes, outdated and inconsistent definitions, and methodological sampling biases that exclude inmates. We recommend changes that move beyond regressive gender assumptions, which can harm both women and men.

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