Sexual abuse by women of children and teens is a subject most parents and caregivers are not familiar with. Female sexual predators go unreported because of a lack of awareness by the public.
Female Sex Offenders- Sexual assault of children by females
Statistics - Female Sex Offenders - Female Sexual Predators
From "The Sexual Abuse by Women of Children and Teenagers"
UK TV programme - Panorama - BBC1 - 10 pm Monday, October 6th, 1997
75% of sexual predators are male and 25% are female.
86% of the victims of female sexual predators aren't believed, so the crimes go unreported and don't get prosecuted. If you think these statistics are wrong, just watch the American TV show The Oprah Winfrey Show Lisa Ling Interview of a woman who sexually molested /raped over 100 children by her own admission and only got charged on 15 counts.
Considering these facts, arrest statistics for child sexual offenders by gender are meaningless.
35-year-old Saskatchewan woman mistakenly thought 14-year-old boy was of age to consent
CBC News, By Kathleen Harris, CBC News, Jul 06, 2017
The Supreme Court of Canada will explain Friday why it threw out sexual assault charges against a woman who had sex with ( try sexually assaulted) the 14-year-old friend of her son.
In May, justices ruled that Saskatchewan resident Barbara George, who was 35 at the time of the sexual encounter, should not face a new trial for sexual interference and sexual assault. It will present written reasons for that decision.
The crux of the case is around age of consent, and a section of the Criminal Code that requires an adult to take "reasonable steps" to determine the age of a person before engaging in sex with them.
George was acquitted of the charges because the trial judge found the sexual activity was "factually consensual" — that she honestly believed the boy was at least 16, and there was reasonable doubt she had not taken all reasonable steps to determine the age of "C.D.," whose full name is protected by a publication ban.
He was attending a party at her home the night of the encounter.
According to documents filed by the appellant with the Supreme Court, George assumed C.D. was over the age of 16 because he had facial hair, a mature demeanour and apparent sexual experience. He also smoked and took care of his younger siblings.
Change the gender and see how this looks: And if the above read that "The girl had a mature body with large mature breasts and curved hips, a mature demeanour and apparent sexual experience. He also smoked and took care of his younger siblings. "
According to the documents, George did not realize how old he was until several months later, when she applied to become an RCMP officer. One of the questions on the questionnaire asked if she had ever had sexual activity with someone under 16.
RCMP application leads to charges
After checking with her son about the age of C.D., she answered the form in the affirmative.
That led to an RCMP investigation and subsequent charges laid against her.
George was acquitted at trial. While the judge said she exhibited an "appalling lack of judgment" by talking to the complainant in her bedroom for several hours that night, there was not enough evidence to show she deliberately broke the law.
The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, in a majority decision, allowed the Crown's subsequent appeal, sending the matter to the country's highest court.
"This case involves a 35-year-old woman who was the sole parent and adult at a high school party when she had sexual intercourse with a boy who was half her age and young enough to be her teenage son," reads a court document filed by the respondent, the Attorney General of Saskatchewan.
"Despite all of that, she took no steps to ascertain the complainant's age before she had sex with him. In fact, she did not turn her mind to the issue of the complainant's age at all until months later."
In 2008, the Conservative government led by Stephen Harper raised the legal age of consent in Canada from 14 to 16, the first change to the law since 1892. More..
After Plymouth case shocked the nation, police say number of women abusing children
The Guardian UK and The Observer, by Mark Townsend and Rajeev Syal, Sunday 4 October 2009
Child sex abuse by women is significantly more widespread than previously realised, with experts estimating that there could be up to 64,000 female offenders in Britain.
Researchers from the Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF), a child protection charity that deals with British female sex offenders, said its studies confirmed that a "fair proportion" of child abusers were women. Donald Findlater, director of research and development, said results indicated that up to 20% of a conservative estimate of 320,000 suspected UK paedophiles were women.
The release of the figures comes days after a Plymouth nursery school worker, Vanessa George – together with Angela Allen from Nottingham and Colin Blanchard from Rochdale – pleaded guilty to sexually abusing young children.
Young woman, who was 15 when she was arrested, led operation that trafficked other teen girls
CBC News Nov 04, 2014 - An 18-year-old female who led an operation that trafficked other female teenagers using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter today received an adult sentence of 6½ years in a correctional facility. The young woman was given credit for time she's already served in pre-sentence custody, meaning she will only serve another two years and 325 days.
The 18-year-old was arrested in 2012, when she was 15, for leading the operation with two other teens as they recruited other girls through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, before drugging and beating them and forcing them into prostitution.
The 18-year-old was the only one who pleaded not guilty in her trial, but she was found guilty this January. The two other teens entered mid-trial guilty pleas in September 2013 for their roles in the violent pimping operation.
Under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the 18-year-old faced a maximum sentence of three years. Under the adult Criminal Code, she faced a minimum sentence of five years. More ...
The Associated Press, Published Wednesday, September 14, 2016
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. USA -- The mother of a 10-year-old New Mexico girl found dead and dismembered told police she sought men online and at work to sexually assault her daughter, according to warrants obtained by the Albuquerque Journal.
Michelle Martens told police that she had set up encounters with at least three men to sexually assault her daughter, the Albuquerque Journal reported. The child's death sparked vigils and outcry across the state.
Martens, 35, told investigators that one of the men was a co-worker. Two others she met online, including Fabian Gonzales, 31. He was to be the last.
Martens, Gonzales, and Jessica Kelley -- a cousin of Gonzales -- all face charges in connection with Victoria Martens' death.
Police found Victoria Martens' dismembered body last month inside the apartment she shared with her mother.
According to the warrants, Martens told investigators she didn't do it for the money. Martens said she set up the sexual assaults because she enjoyed watching. More..
The Canadian Press, Thursday, March 24, 2016
WINDSOR, N.S. - A 15-year-old Nova Scotia girl has been arrested for allegedly sharing child pornography on social media, and police say more arrests are possible.
The girl is facing charges of producing, possessing and distributing child pornography after an adult came forward to police in the Windsor area Wednesday, said RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke.
There is more than one alleged victim, and all are believed to be Nova Scotians. More..
Female teacher accused of having sex with 17-year-old faces more unlawful sex charges stemming from a relationship with another boy.
Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. by Erica Rodriguez, April 23, 2014
A Polk County female teacher already jailed for supposedly carrying on a love affair with a 17-year-old student now faces 20 additional counts of unlawful sex with another student, the Polk County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.
Jennifer Fichter, 29, was jailed last week after her alleged four-month sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy at Central Florida Aerospace Academy in Lakeland came to light. Polk County sheriff's investigators this week say the English teacher had consensual sex with another one of her students over a seven-month period beginning in October 2011.
The 17-year-old boy was a junior in Fichter's English class at the time, and the two communicated with a texting application which the boy downloaded to his iPod since he did not have a cell phone, according to an arrest report. The boy told investigators at first he and Fichter two would spend time in the teacher's apartment watching TV and cuddling on the couch in September 2011. The relationship then became sexual the following month. Some of the sexual encounters happened in the boy's bedroom while his mother was away, according to an arrest report. More..
Canadian Press, January 24, 2014
BURLINGTON, Ont. — An investigation into sex trade workers operating from hotels led police to a teenage girl they allege was forced into prostitution in Burlington, Ont.
Halton regional police say they rescued the 15-year-old victim and laid human trafficking charges against a 22-year-old woman. More..
Female Perpetration of Child Sexual Abuse: An Overview of the Problem
The American Humane Association which was responsible for gathering data from the yearly reports provided by the 50 U.S. states child protective agencies from 1973 through 1987 on child sexual abuse. They found that approximately 20 percent of substantiated cases of child sexual abuse during that time period had been perpetrated by females. More ..
We bring you this section of our website to increase your awareness of the problem. Hopefully, this increased awareness will protect more boys and girls from male and female sexual predators.
Notice how in some of the articles the term "affair" or "relationship" or "slept with" is used if the perpetrator is female. When the perpetrator is male it is more likely called "sexual assault" or "rape".
According to David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, U.S.A. and stated in one of the largest newspapers in the U.S.A., the rise in recognition and prosecution of female sexual predators is due at least in part to the increased number of female police officers. Apparently, this results in prosecution of female sexual predators for their crimes without the police being labelled misogynistic.
From the Health Canada report of
The Invisible Boy: Revisioning the Victimization of Male Children and Teens
As recently as 10 years ago, it was a common assumption that females did not or could not sexually abuse children or youth. Even some professionals working in the field believed that women represented only about 1% to 3% of sexual abusers at most. However, mounting research evidence about sexual abuse perpetration at the hands of teen and adult females has begun to challenge our assumptions, though these earlier and dated views still tend to predominate.
The percentage of women and teenage girl perpetrators recorded in case report studies is small and ranges from 3% to 10% (Kendall-Tackett and Simon, 1987; McCarty, 1986; Schultz and Jones, 1983; Wasserman and Kappel, 1985). When the victim is male, female perpetrators account for 1 % to 24% of abusers. When the victim is female, female perpetrators account for 6% to 17% of abusers (American Humane Association, 1981; Finkelhor and Russell, 1984; Finkelhor et al., 1990). In the Ontario Incidence Study, 10% of sexual abuse investigations involved female perpetrators (Trocme, 1994). However, in six studies reviewed by Russell and Finkelhor, female perpetrators accounted for 25% or more of abusers. Ramsay-Klawsnik (1990) found that adult females were abusers of males 37% of the time and female adolescents 19% of the time. Both of these rates are higher than the same study reported for adult and teen male abusers.
Dynamics of Female-Perpetrated Abuse
Some research has reported that female perpetrators commit fewer and less intrusive acts of sexual abuse compared to males. While male perpetrators are more likely to engage in anal intercourse and to have the victim engage in oral-genital contact, females tend to use more foreign objects as part of the abusive act (Kaufman et al., 1995). This study also reported that differences were not found in the- frequency of vaginal intercourse, fondling by the victim or abuser, genital body contact without penetration or oral contact by the abuser.
Females may be more likely to use verbal coercion than physical force. The most commonly reported types of abuse by female perpetrators include vaginal intercourse, oral sex, fondling and group sex (Faller, 1987; Hunter et al., 1993). However, women also engage in mutual masturbation, oral, anal and genital sex acts, show children pornography and play sex games (Johnson, 1989; Knopp and Lackey, 1987). The research suggests that, overall, female and male perpetrators commit many of the same acts and follow many of the same patterns of abuse against their victims. They also do not tend to differ significantly in terms of their relationship to the victim (most are relatives) or the location of the abuse (Allen, 1990; Kaufman et al., 1995).
It is interesting to note in the study by Kaufman et al. (1995) that 8% of the female perpetrators were teachers and 23% were babysitters, compared to male perpetrators who were 0% and 8% respectively. Finkelhor et al. (1988) also report significantly higher rates of sexual abuse of children by females in day-care settings. Of course, Finkelhor's findings should not surprise us given that women represent the majority of day-care employees.
Research on teen and adult female sexual abuse perpetrators has found that many suffer from low self-esteem, antisocial behaviour, poor social and anger management skills, fear of rejection, passivity, promiscuity, mental health problems, post-traumatic stress disorder and mood disorders (Hunter et al., 1993; Mathews, Matthews and Speltz, 1989). However, as in the case of male perpetrators, research does not substantiate that highly emotionally disturbed or psychotic individuals predominate among the larger population of female sexual abusers (Faller, 1987).
There is some evidence that females are more likely to be involved with co-abusers, typically a male, though studies report a range from 25% to 77% (Faller, 1987; Kaufman et al., 1995; McCarty, 1986). However, Mayer (1992), in a review of data on 17 adolescent female sex offenders, found that only 2 were involved with male co-perpetrators. She also found that the young women in this study knew their victims and that none experienced legal consequences for their actions.
Self-report studies provide a very different view of sexual abuse perpetration and substantially increase the number of female perpetrators. In a retrospective study of male victims, 60% reported being abused by females (Johnson and Shrier, 1987). The same rate was found in a sample of college students (Fritz et al., l 981). In other studies of male university and college students, rates of female perpetration were found at levels as high as 72% to 82% (Fromuth and Burkhart, 1987, 1989; Seidner and Calhoun, 1984). Bell et al. (1981) found that 27% of males were abused by females. In some of these types of studies, females represent as much as 50% of sexual abusers (Risin and Koss, 1987). Knopp and Lackey (1987) found that 51% of victims of female sexual abusers were male. It is evident that case report and self-report studies yield very different types of data about prevalence. These extraordinary differences tell us we need to start questioning all of our assumptions about perpetrators and victims of child maltreatment.
Finally, there is an alarmingly high rate of sexual abuse by females in the backgrounds of rapists, sex offenders and sexually aggressive men - 59% (Petrovich and Templer, 1984), 66% (Groth, 1979) and 80% (Briere and Smiljanich, 1993). A strong case for the need to identify female perpetrators can be found in Table 4, which presents the findings from a study of adolescent sex offenders by O'Brien (1989). Male adolescent sex offenders abused by "females only" chose female victims almost exclusively.
Victim Gender Based on Who Previously Abused the Perpetrator
|Gender of Perpetrators' Own Victimizer||Gender of Victim Male or Both||Female Only|
Berkowitz (1993), in a Winnipeg-based study of sexually abused males in treatment groups, found the following rates of perpetration.
Gender of Abusers of Male Victims in Treatment Groups
|Gender of Abusers||N||%|
|Intrafamilial Abuse (N=54)
|Extrafamilial Abuse (N=55)
Read the complete report The Invisible Boy: Revisioning the Victimization of Male Children and Teens - 1996
Video Documentary - Female Sexual Predators - Sexual Assault of Males
When girls do it: an examination of female sexual predators
The Canadian Children's Rights Council recommends this video documentary to all law makers, police, child protection workers, educators, school teachers and organizations concerned about recognizing female sexual predators.
This documentary originally aired on CTV in August, 2001
Reporter comments about a female sexual predator:
"In September 1997, she was making her first court appearance and I remember the first time I saw her I was immediately flabbergasted because she looked so innocent. She was so slight, small in her build, and so young, and I thought, 'she can't be a sex offender, it's impossible.'"
- Reporter Cheryl Jahn, speaking about convicted sexual offender Crystal Henricks
From the website of "When Girls Do It" ( website deleted Oct. /04)
"When Girls Do It" is a 45-minute video examining the motivations of female sexual predators, the destructive effects of their actions on their victims, and the reluctance of victims to come forward.
"When Girls Do It" features compelling testimony and powerful interviews with survivors of abuse by female sexual offenders, therapists, and psychologists. The documentary delves into related issues including the long-held misconception that sexual abuse of children is exclusively a male crime.
Vancouver filmmaker Glynis Whiting produced, a hard-hitting investigation of one of the most under-reported crimes in North America. When Girls Do It: The Story of Female Sexual Predators is a provocative and passionate look at the motivations of women who abuse and the devastating effects of their crime on their victims.
"We're always shocked to hear stories of sexual abuse, but it seems all the more disturbing when the abusers are women," said Whiting, who wrote and directed the groundbreaking documentary.
Maureen Prentice, who produced When Girls Do It with Whiting, added, "There is a long-held perception in society of women as nurturing mother figures. Victims of female sexual abuse are often reluctant to come forward because they fear not being believed."
The most common offenders are relatives, with mothers topping the list. But it could be anyone baby-sitters, neighbours or teachers.
Crystal Henricks, a 19-year-old woman convicted of drugging and molesting children, serves as a case study. The one-hour documentary also includes interviews with a female sexual offender, victims who have survived female sexual abuse, and international experts who provide insight and debate into the crime.
Filmed on location in Prince George, Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Dallas, When Girls Do It explores the human reality behind female sexual abuse. It underscores the urgent need for victims to feel secure in identifying female sexual predators in order to prevent countless other children from becoming victims.
Ordering information - This documentary is no longer being sold new when we checked in May 2014.
Female Sexual Offenders / Predators in the News
A Special Report: Raped by His Mother - A Victim Comes Forward
Teacher gets six months
The Standard-Freeholder, Cornwall, ON, By DAVID NESSETH, October 30, 2008
Former Ingleside teacher Jennifer Dorland was sentenced to six months in jail Tuesday for a sexual relationship with a male student in 2004.
Dorland is in her early 40s; the boy - whose identity is protected by a publication ban - was 13 at the time of the incident at Dorland's Ingleside home.
Dorland, who is now known as Jennifer Toews, was found guilty of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching on Dec. 20, 2007. More..
The Canadian Children's Rights Council has a project underway to compare laws of a few countries to those of Canada and the penalties associated with those sex crimes committed against children.
Female Teacher's licence revoked following sex convictions
Ottawa Citizen, Andrew Seymour, Wednesday, May 28, 2008
A Cornwall-area female teacher convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student has had her teacher's licence revoked.
The Ontario College of Teachers withdrew the teaching licence of Jennifer Dorland, 42, earlier this month after finding her guilty of eight counts of professional misconduct under the Ontario College of Teachers Act.
Ms. Dorland, who now goes by the name Jennifer Toews, pleaded no contest to the accusations. She did not attend the May 6 hearing or have a lawyer make arguments on her behalf.
In their decision, the three-member disciplinary panel found that Ms. Dorland's actions "betrayed the trust of students, parents and the public." More..
Babysitter jailed for sexually assaulting boy
Woman, 40, handed 2 1/2 years for multiple sexual encounters
CanadianCRC Editor: Notice the discriminatory wording if the sexual offender is female and the child that was sexually assaulted is male. The use of the words "affair", "relationship", "sexual encounter", "sexual tryst". Notice that she didn't get jail time. The female judge agreed that the offender should get 2 1/2 years in jail and then gave her time "in the community", effectively no sentence. The female sexual predator also blamed her actions on her ex-husband and the boy victim, a common pattern these days in which female perpetrators of domestic violence are told they are always the victim.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, N.S., January 19, 2008, by Jennifer Stewart, Court Reporter
For months Pamela Ruth Collins bonded with the 12-year-old boy she was hired to babysit.
But that’s not all the former Halifax woman was doing.
Ms. Collins, 40, was sentenced Monday to 2½ years in prison for seducing the now 15-year-old Halifax boy into having sex with her on dozens of occasions between July 1, 2004, and May 20, 2005. More..
Quebec woman gets 15 months for having sex with boy when he was 13
Canadian Press, various newspapers and media across Canada, Thursday, March 29, 2007
QUEBEC (CP) - A Quebec woman who had sex with a 13-year-old boy has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.
The relationship between Julie Dorval, 31, and the boy began after the youth made advances over the Internet. Within about three months they had sex on several occasions. Youth protection services were called after Dorval and the teenager were seen walking hand-in-hand and hugging each other. Dorval pleaded guilty last April to sexual assault.
Prosecutors had been seeking a sentence of at least two years in a federal penitentiary, while the defence suggested a conditional sentence of nine to 12 months.
© The Canadian Press 2007
CanadianCRC editor's note: Notice how in cases in which the adult sexual predator is a female, the articles use words such as above "having sex" or below "having an affair" and not sexual assault. If this had been a 31 year old male who sexually assaulted a 13 year old female, the sentence is typically more. In addition, sentencing a male perpetrator to at least 2 years in prison would put the prisoner in federal penitentary.
Convicted female sex offender:
Claire Lyte on her way into court.
'How I found my 13-year-old daughter having sex with her lesbian tennis coach'
Daily Mail, Liverpool, UK, By JAMES TOZER - 3rd October 2007
The mother of a young tennis star yesterday described the moment she allegedly found the 13-year-old and her female coach naked in bed together.
The woman said she screamed "You are nothing but a paedophile!" at 29-year-old Claire Lyte after stumbling across the pair performing sex acts on each other.
However, she told a court she did not report the incident to police because Lyte's father begged her not to ruin her coaching career and insisted it would not happen again. More..
"Wicked" lesbian tennis coach jailed for nearly three years over affair with 13-year-old pupil
Daily Mail, Liverpool, UK,By LIZ HULL, 2nd November 2007
A tennis coach who molested a 13-year-old girl pupil was condemned as "wicked" yesterday as she was jailed for almost three years.
Claire Lyte, 29, was entrusted with helping to develop the next generation of young stars, but instead took advantage of the infatuated teenager.
Her breach of trust was exposed when the girl's mother discovered them naked in bed together, but such was the hold Lyte had on the youngster that the abuse continued for months afterwards.
Yesterday, a judge told the former Wimbledon player that she corrupted and manipulated the youngster for her own "selfish sexual ends". More..
Not Only Men Are Molesters
There is just one female violent sexual predator locked up in the state, but experts say rape and child abuse by women is vastly underreported.
The Los Angeles Times, By MAURA DOLAN, Times Staff Writer, August 16, 2002
There are 351 men in California locked up in a state mental hospital as sexually violent predators, prone to attack again and again.
Then there is Charlotte Mae Thrailkill.
The 43-year-old mother of two is California's only female violent sex offender, confined to a maximum-security state mental hospital after experts decided she was too dangerous for release.
Only a handful of women, including Thrailkill, have ever been confined to mental institutions under state laws that allow for civil commitments of sex criminals after they have served their prison terms.
Women are less likely than men to commit sex offenses, but they also are less likely to be reported and prosecuted. Many experts contend that women commit sex offenses far more often than is generally believed.
"It happens a lot more than gets reported, and I think part of that is due to our culture," said Steven B. Blum, a consulting psychologist to a sex offender program in Nebraska. "There are a lot of women who have sexual contact with teenage boys, and they don't get reported."
Paul Federoff, a forensic psychiatrist in Ottawa, Canada, said one of the female sex offenders he counsels is an exhibitionist. She opens her living room curtains and strips off her clothes when people pass by.
He told her that unless she stopped this illegal activity, she would be arrested.
" 'Doctor, if someone calls up and says he saw me disrobing in the window, who do you think they are going to arrest? Me or him?' " Federoff said she replied.
"And she is absolutely right." More..
Tracy woman faces charges of kidnapping, raping and killing girl, 8
The Los Angeles Times, By Alexandra Zavis, April 15, 2009
Melissa Huckaby, 28, cries during her arraignment in which she's charged with murder with the special circumstances of kidnapping, rape with a foreign object and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child.
With distraught members of the suspect's and victim's families present, a judge continues Melissa Huckaby's arraignment to April 24. She is being held in the death a neighbor girl, Sandra Cantu. More..
Female Flasher begs to be free
Second time she's been convicted
The Winnipeg Sun, SUN MEDIA, by DEAN PRITCHARD, May 29, 2008
A 21-year-old woman convicted for the second time of exposing herself in front of school children begged to be released from jail yesterday, claiming she has learned her lesson.
"I promise I won't do it again, I mean it this time," said the woman...
Police arrested the woman May 12 after she exposed her breasts to a passing truck at the intersection of St. John's Avenue and Charles Street, in plain view of a nine-year-old boy a short distance away.
"I didn't mean to do that in front of the kid, I didn't see him," the woman said.
Court heard the woman "frequently acts impulsively" and lives on her own with the support of around-the-clock social workers.
At the time of her arrest, the woman was bound by a strict probation order in connection with a similar incident two months earlier.
The woman was standing across the street from an elementary school at 8:30 a.m. when she exposed her breasts to three passing school buses and dozens of children walking on the sidewalk, community prosecutor Susan Helenchilde told court. More..
No jail time for Lafave
The former middle school teacher pleaded guilty to the charges in Hillsborough and Marion counties. She will serve three years of community control.
Ste. Petersburg Times, Tampa, Florida, U.S.A., By CANDACE RONDEAUX, November 22, 2005 More..
Female sexual abusers not as rare as widely believed
The Edmonton Journal, By Sarah Sacheli, Canwest News Service, January 29, 2010
WINDSOR, Ont. -- She gave him life and was the only parent he ever knew. In the way she snapped photos of him sleeping and playing happily, she was like any other adoring mother. But she also committed unspeakable acts to his little body, turning him into a human sex toy in her pornographic broadcasts.
The set of facts involving the Windsor-area mother who sexually abused her two-year-old son horrified both those involved in the case and those who’d only heard about it.
“Society expects the mother of a toddler would do everything in her power to make sure her child is protected from harm,” said the judge who on Friday handed the 24-year-old woman a 3 1/2-year prison sentence.
He called her crimes “appalling” and “abhorrent.”
While female sexual abusers are rare in the court system, those who deal with child sexual abuse know the woman is not unique. She may be the first Ontario woman to be jailed for making child pornography featuring her own offspring, but she’s not the first mother to sexually abuse a child.
A national study released in 2005 shows that biological mothers were the perpetrators of sexual abuse in 5% of the substantiated cases investigated by child welfare authorities.
The instance is probably higher, since researchers are certain that many cases of child sexual abuse never come to light. “A lot of people have difficulty believing women are capable of sexually abusing children,” said social worker Angela Hovey, whose doctoral thesis deals with a topic related to this theme. More..
Plea Deal in Teacher-Student Sex Case Garnering National Attention
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, January 5, 2007
A Tooele prosecutor is defending his decision to make a plea deal for a substitute teacher accused of having sex with a student. It's an issue that's getting national attention.
Sean Hannity: "Another teacher accused of sex with a student."
In September, a judge ordered the substitute teacher, 29-year-old Cameo Patch, to serve three years of probation, pay a two-thousand dollars fine, undergo psychosexual evaluation and take part in treatment. More..
Newspaper claims confirmation of Homolka baby
National Post, Friday, February 09, 2007
The Toronto Sun is claiming it has confirmation that released sex killer Karla Homolka has given birth to a baby boy.
Citing an anonymous letter sent to the Journal de Montreal, which Ms. Homolka was first admitted to St. Mary's Hospital with contractions last Tuesday, well before the rumour mill about her possible baby kicked off.
The Sun story claims under the name Leanne Teale, Homolka gave birth to a 7-pound baby boy Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital in Montreal. More..
Woman who cut off her newborn son's private parts handed 5-year prison term
Mainichi Daily News, Sakai, Osaka, Japan, November 26, 2006
SAKAI, Osaka -- A woman accused of cutting off her newborn son's private parts in 2004 was ordered Monday to spend five years behind bars.
The Sakai branch of the Osaka District Court convicted Shizue Tamura, 27, a resident of Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, of inflicting bodily injury.
"The way she committed the crime was unprecedented, inhumane and cruel," Presiding Judge Masahiro Hosoi said as he handed down the ruling. Prosecutors had demanded an eight-year prison term. More ..
Female Sex Offenders: Double Standard?
Many Say They Don't Get Treated As Harshly As Men
CBS, HAMMONTON, N.J., USA, June 15, 2006
Are all sex offenders treated the same? Does the public take the cases as seriously when the offender or alleged offender is a woman? Many people are asking those questions after several highly-publicized scandals involving female teachers and male students.
As Susan Koeppen observed on The Early Show Thursday, the majority of sex offenders are men, but it's the women who get a lot of the attention.
When a beautiful teacher seduces a student, some people think, "What's the harm?"
But Koeppen spoke with one student who says his "affair" with a teacher left him devastated.
"I'm still trying to battle back," Jason Eickmeyer told Koeppen. "This happened in 2003, and it's 2006, and I still can't get it out of my mind." More ..
A History of Sex With Students, Unchallenged
New York Times, U.S.A., By DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI, October 10, 2006
BAYONNE, N.J. Many in this gray, insular city are at a loss to explain why Diane Cherchio West was allowed to continue working in the public school system for two decades after she was caught in 1980 kissing and groping a 13-year-old student at an eighth-grade dance.
Why, after her promotion to guidance counselor at Bayonne High School, no one alerted social services, school officials or the police when she became pregnant by an 11th grader she supervised, Steven West, and married him upon his graduation in 1985.
Or why, when that baby, Steven Jr., grew to be a teenager, no one balked as his 15-year-old friend moved in with Ms. West, who then seduced the friend with Scooby-Doo boxer shorts and evening jaunts to sports bars and used her school authority to rearrange his classes around their secret trysts.
It was not until 2001, when relatives of the boy, Christopher Castlegrande, filed a complaint with the police of statutory rape against Ms. West, that she left her $74,000-a-year job and lost her unfettered access to Bayonne High Schools students. More ..
Female Teacher charged with sexual assault
Media Release - Peel Regional Police Services
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Investigators with the Special Victims Unit have arrested and charged a 36 year-old Mississauga teacher in relation to alleged inappropriate conduct and contact with a student.
It is alleged that the 17 year-old victim, who is a Mississauga resident, was taught by the accused at Streetsville Secondary School. During October of 2006, it was discovered the accused had corresponded on-line with the victim, with e-mails containing sexually explicit content.
It is also alleged that during October 2006, the victim and the accused met in Mississauga, and at that time a sexual assault occurred. More ..
Woman who lied about rape gets prison
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Thursday, October 12, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A woman who lied about getting pregnant through date rape and abandoned her newborn in a trash bin was sentenced to prison for the statutory rape of the baby's father, her 12-year-old cousin.
Twyana Davis, 30, claimed in 1995 that she had been raped at a party, and told her story in a book and on television.
Davis was sentenced Tuesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to 10 to 25 years in prison. She had confessed to having a sexual relationship with the cousin, leading to her pregnancy.
Judge Michael J. Holbrook labelled her a sexual predator and fined her $10,000. More ..
Female Sex Offenders: Double Standard?
Many Say They Don't Get Treated As Harshly As Men
CBS NEWS USA, The Early Show, HAMMONTON, N.J., June 15, 2006
(CBS) Are all sex offenders treated the same? Does the public take the cases as seriously when the offender or alleged offender is a woman? Many people are asking those questions after several highly-publicized scandals involving female teachers and male students.
As Susan Koeppen observed on The Early Show Thursday, the majority of sex offenders are men, but it's the women who get a lot of the attention.
When a beautiful teacher seduces a student , some people think, "What's the harm?"
But Koeppen spoke with one student who says his "affair" with a teacher left him devastated. More..
North Country Gazette
Woman Seeking Child Support Jailed On Rape Charge
North Country Gazette, New York, U.S.A., October 5, 2006
WARRENSBURG, NY, U.S.A. --A woman who went to Warren County Family Court in an effort to make the father of her child pay child support is in jail, charged with second degree rape and faces up to seven years in prison.
Kimberly A. Baker, 22, of Evergreen Lane, was criminally charged with statutory rape after it was learned that father of her 2-year-old child was only 13 years old when he had sex with her. The child was born on June 14, 2004. More ..
Teacher Sentenced For Sex With Student
Woman Had Faced 66 Months In Prison
NBC Sandiego, U.S.A., September 26, 2006
Danielle Walls, rapist
Danielle Walls, 27, a former Clairemont High School history teacher, was accused by prosecutors of having sex two years ago with a male student in her 10th-grade history class. Deputy District Attorney Dwayne Moring said Walls had sex with the boy 10 to 25 times at four or five hotels around the county.
On Tuesday, Walls was sentenced to one year in jail and will also be on probation for five years. Walls had faced up to five years and six months in prison. She could have been sentenced to as much as 16 years in prison if she had been convicted of all the original charges. More ..
Husband Cooker Loses Appeal
Karen Knight stabbed her common-law husband, 44-year-old Mr Price, 37 times with a butcher's knife before skinning him and hanging his hide from a meat hook in their lounge room on February 29, 2000.
She then decapitated him and put his head in a pot on the stove, baked flesh from his buttocks and cooked vegetables and gravy as side dishes to serve to Mr Price's children. More..
Mother pleads guilty to molesting son for 'master'
Ottawa Sun, By TONY BLAIS, May 2 , 2006
EDMONTON -- A 38-year-old Edmonton woman admitted yesterday she sent sexual pictures of herself and her young son to her Ottawa "master" in an online chat room specializing in bondage.
The woman, who has cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual interference with a person under 14 and one count of transmitting child pornography. More ..
More women charged in sex cases
By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY, November 30, 2005
In courtrooms nationwide this month, at least seven women four of them teachers have been charged or sentenced for having sex with boys, mostly teenagers. One of the women is pregnant.
Tuesday in Georgia, Lisa Lynette Clark, 37, was indicted in the molestation of her son's 15-year-old friend, who she says is the father of the baby she's expecting. She was arrested one day after marrying the boy.
No definitive data exists on whether more females are sexually abusing children. Yet the number arrested for sex crimes has risen in five of the past six years as more people consider molestation of boys as heinous as that of girls.
"There's been a decline in the double standard. That's why you're seeing more of these cases," says David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. As more women enter law enforcement, he says the old attitude that boys are willing, even lucky, participants has changed. More ..
Female Teacher Re-Arrested in Alleged Sex Assault Case
ABC News - KVIA-TV, TX, U.S.A. October 5, 2005
EL PASO, TX. [U.S.A.] - An El Paso school teacher faces another criminal complaint in New Mexico, which means she's now been charged six times. ABC-7 has learned that Las Cruces Police have again arrested 52-year-old Donna McKnight for alleged sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old boy.
Ms. McKnight was previously charged with one count of Criminal Sexual Penetration, one count of Criminal Sexual Contact, and two other related charges in Dona Ana County. She was also charged with one count of Indecency with a Child by exposure in El Paso County. More..
EP Teacher/Husband Face More Abuse Accusations
KFOX News, TX, USA, August 29, 2005 -- by: Elizabeth O'Hara
An El Paso teacher and her husband face new allegations of sexual abuse, this time allegedly involving their children
Las Cruces Police arrested 53 year old Donna McKnight and her husband, Ronald, Monday morning at the Century-21 Motel off North Main Street. Police were alerted to the couple by a family member and say the two were not trying to flee but were allegedly going to see an attorney. Both are being held on $50,000 dollar cash bonds. More..
Female Teacher's Sex Trial Begins
NBC5i TV, Dallas-Fortworth, Texas, U.S.A. August 2, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A 13-year-old boy took the witness stand in the Tarrant County Courthouse Tuesday to testify against a teacher at a Catholic school. The boy told jurors that he and the teacher had a sexual relationship , and that she promised the boy she would leave her husband so she and the boy could get married when he turned 18.
The allegations of sexual contact included episodes of bondage, during which 30-year-old Dawn Reiser is accused of tying up the boy to engage in repeated sexual encounters. The prosecution produced scarves allegedly used by Reiser to bind the boy.
The jury also saw love letters allegedly sent by Reiser to the boy. A DNA expert testified about saliva that sealed the envelopes. More ..
Judge Delivers Sentence In Teacher's Sex Trial
Dawn Reiser To Serve 8-Year Prison Sentence
NBC5i TV, Dallas-Forthworth, Texas, U.S.A., August 3, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A Fort Worth judge Thursday sentenced a Grapevine teacher for having sex with her 13-year-old student.
Judge Wayne Salvent followed the jury's recommendation and sentenced former seventh-grade teacher Dawn Reiser, 30, to as many as eight years in prison and at least two years of probation.
NBC 5 reported that Reiser was sentenced to 10 years of probation to be served concurrently with her prison term. If she serves the full eight years, she would serve two years of probation. More ..
Is Johnny sleeping with his teacher?
Edmonton Sun, By MINDELLE JACOBS, February 2, 2006
Once upon a time, if parents found out their teenage sons were having sex, the most they had to worry about was if the kids were using birth control.
These days, there's another worry: Is little Johnny sleeping with his teacher?
When I was in high school three decades ago, I don't recall reading about a single instance anywhere of a female teacher becoming sexually involved with a male student.
In the past few years, however, the reported incidence of female educators engaging in sexual hijinks with male students has been, if not routine, certainly far from a rarity.
The latest case to hit the press is that of a 40-year-old Ontario teacher charged last week with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old male student. More ..
8-Year-Old Boy Charged For Sexual Conduct With 14-Year-old Female Sitter After She Initiates Sexual Misconduct
KUTV, CBS Broadcasting, Salt Lake City, U.S.A., July 28, 2005
(KUTV) SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. - A mother is upset after a 14-year-old babysitter engaged in sexual conduct with her eight-year-old boy, and the eight-year-old was charged with lewd conduct.
Prosecutors have since dropped the charges against the boy, but his mother is still concerned.
The sexual conduct occurred during a game of "truth or dare" while the boy was being watched by the babysitter.
Prosecutors say that, while the babysitter initiated the contact, the young boy was a willing participant. More ..
Abuse cases face double standard
USA TODAY, By Charisse Jones, U.S.A. national newspaper, February 11, 2005
When a female teacher in Tennessee was charged this week with having sex with a 13-year-old male student, the case focused attention on a type of sexual abuse that often goes unreported.
While there is a greater awareness of such crimes, the Tennessee prosecutor pursuing the recent case, along with several psychologists, say such incidents are still viewed less seriously than those involving grown men and girls.
"Unfortunately, they look at it as the 'Mrs. Robinson syndrome' and think everything is OK," says Dale Potter, district attorney for Warren and Van Buren counties in Tennessee. He was referring to the woman in the 1967 film The Graduate who seduces a younger man.
"But it's my understanding there are some long-term effects for male victims in this kind of situation," he says. "And from my perspective, a sex-abuse case is a sex-abuse case. We don't look the other way as to who the victim is and who the suspect is."
Pamela Turner, 27, an elementary school teacher in McMinnville, Tenn., was charged Monday with having sex with a student at his home and at school. More ..
Female teacher jailed over affair
Thursday, May 5, 2005
SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) -- An Australian female teacher has been jailed for six months for having sex with a teenage student, with a warning from the judge that future offenders could not expect such "lenient" treatment.
Karen Louise Ellis, a 37-year-old physical education teacher, had earlier received a suspended sentence of 22 months after she pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual penetration with a boy aged under 16.
But the Supreme Court of Victoria's Court of Appeal in Melbourne upheld an appeal by prosecutors against the leniency of that sentence, saying that mother-of-three Ellis should have been sentenced to two years' jail on each of the counts. More ..
Mother faces 22 boy-sex charges
The Age, Australia, By Selma Milovanovic, December 4, 2004
A female integration aide at a Victorian school has been charged with sexual offences against a boy in her care aged under 16.
The woman, 36, an integration aide at a government secondary school on the Mornington Peninsula, worked with the boy, who suffers from language difficulties, three days a week.
The student is not intellectually disabled.
Most of the offences are believed to have happened at the boy's home. The woman is believed to have lived with the student and his family for some time this year while going through a traumatic separation. The alleged sexual affair took place over eight months.
The teenager is believed to have recently confessed the details to his parents. More ..
New York Post, By LEONARD GREENE and DAN MANGAN, November 8, 2004
A 29-year-old Connecticut woman accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy for months says she considers the little neighbor her "boyfriend" and hopes to marry him someday, authorities said yesterday.
"I don't want anyone but you!" Tammy Imre allegedly wrote in a letter to the boy, who was a playmate of Imre's 7-year-old daughter. More ..
Media / Media Bias
Media makes light of sexual assault on 8-year-old boy
Canada Free Press, by Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor, November 12, 2004
Earlier this week, a 29-year-old Connecticut woman, Tammy Imre was charged with one count each of sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. The charges stem from sexual assaults committed on an 8-year-old boy, who was a playmate of her 7-year-old daughter. Imre claimed that the little boy was her "boyfriend" whom she planned to marry some day and did not know how many times she had sexually assaulted him. On some occasions these assaults took place in front of the single mothers little girl. More ..
29 Year old female perpetrator of sexual assault on 8 year old boy claims she's the "victim"
Tammy Imre, 29, a receptionist in Stratford, Conn., was charged with repeatedly having sex with an 8-year-old boy. Imre's mother blamed the boy. Its not her . . . she was just too friendly; that's all, said the mother. He's the one who needs to be looked at.
Picking Up the Pieces
Husband of Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Student Stunned, Confused
Owen Lafave (left) says he still loves his wife, Debra, a teacher, even though she allegedly had sex with one of her students.
ABC NEWS Sept. 16, 2004 The estranged husband of a 23-year-old Tampa teacher accused of having sex with her 14-year-old student says he still loves his wife even after filing for divorce last week. More ..
Acceptable Suspects? Why Female Sex Offenders Generate So Much Less Outrage Than Males
Mary Kay Letourneau with Barbara Walters during her exclusive interview with 20/20. (Virginia Sherwood/ABC Photo) By Bryan Robinson
Sept. 30, 2004 Mary Kay Letourneau's plans to marry the former student she was convicted of sexually assaulting when he was just 12 years old are shocking, but have generated relatively little public outrage. More..
Mistake for Love - Former High School Teacher Regrets Affair With Her One-Time Student
Heather Ingram says she now regrets having an affair with her former student.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 30 /04 Until Heather Ingram met Dusty Dickeson, she never considered risking her successful teaching career for the attention of a boy, even if he embodied everything she desired during her own high school days. More..
Rapist of 12 year old gets out of jail today
Notorious teacher seduced preteen student
Associated Press, CNN, various newspapers, U.S.A., Wednesday, August 4, 2004 More..
Study finds girls molest young boys
THE PRESS, NZ, By TIM HUME, July 1, 2004 More..
Focus of Catholic sexual abuse suits now includes nuns
Associated Press, various newspapers U.S.A. and some Canadian newspapers, ELLEN R. STAPLETON, Aug. 2, 2004 More..
Hurting the cradle: women seducing boys
Jamaica Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica, by Avia Collinder, Sunday Gleaner Writer, March 4, 2007
Health professionals worry that the reported incidents of women raping young boys are few, the actual occurrence is believed to be higher and is causing long-term psychological damage to victims.
"In terms of the most current statistics on child abuse, this is not reflected as a large problem. But it is my sense that it is even more grossly under-reported and under-recognised than the typical child abuse scenario involving an older male perpetrator and younger female victim," says Dr. Judith Leiba, head of the Child Guidance Clinic at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston. "We have seen a few examples where the helper was involved, and in another situation, it was an older female cousin. Usually these boys were in the age group of five to eight years old," Dr. Leiba reports. More..
Female Teacher Charged With Sex Assault on Seventh-Grade Boy
Associated Press, Fox News, various newspapers in U.S.A. and Canada, Tuesday, February 25, 2003
MORRISTOWN, N.J. A 35-year-old seventh-grade teacher was charged with having sex with one of her students at least 20 times at the teacher's home.
Jodi Thorp, 35, surrendered to authorities Monday on charges of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated
sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors claim she had sex with the boy at her
Mendham home between June 2001 and September 2002. The boy is now 15.
The boy, whose name was withheld, had been in Thorp's seventh-grade social studies class and was one of the first participants in a nonprofit business Thorp ran called HUGS, Helping Underprivileged and Gifted Students, prosecutors said. More..
Judge upholds teacher's sex indictment
Details of Mendham Township woman's behavior toward boy, 14, called relevant
By Peggy Wright, The Daily Record, Morristown NJ, U.S.A. June 25, 2004 More..
Teen killer and sexual mutilator, Karla Homolka, gets out of jail July 5th, 2005, 1 year from today
The Globe and Mail
.. she badly, badly wants to be a mother. More ..
Kids of abusive 'monster' got life sentence
Toronto Sun, By HIMANI EDIRIWEERA, March 9, 2003
He's a man in pain, chased by the ghosts of his past. His greatest fear as a child wasn't the monsters in his closet; his greatest fear was the monster he called "mom." More..
ABUSING THEIR TRUST.
What Drives Women Like Convicted Paedophile Carolyn Bromily to Hurt the Children They are Supposed to be Caring For?
The Manchester Evening News ( UK ) Page 10. Friday, January 28, 2000
The discovery over the last decade that child abuse was endemic in care homes across England and Wales was a body blow to society. The idea that vulnerable youngsters were taken from perceived danger only to be placed in the hands of evil paedophiles was deeply shocking.
Several men are currently serving significant jail sentences and long- term police inquiries are continuing in Greater Manchester and across the country
The latest appalling case to come to light was that of a care worker who abused boys as young as 12 for 15 sordid years at a residential school in Cheshire. But this was more startling than any of its predecessors, for in this case the predatory paedophiles was a woman.
Carolyn Bromiley, 36, from Warrington, had sexual intercourse with boys from 1984 until her arrest last year. More ..
The Manchester Evening News
Pervert Woman Carer who Preyed on Boys is Jailed
The Manchester Evening News ( UK ) Page 4, Friday January 28th. 2000, BY ANDREW NOTT
A WOMAN preyed on little boys for sex for 15 years while working as a house mother in a care home for troubled youngsters.
Today Carolyn Bromiley was starting a five-year jail term for what the judge said was "the worst case of a woman abusing children in her care any court in the land has had to face."
The serial paedophiles groomed boys between the ages of 12 and 14 before involving them in intercourse and other sexual activity.
Warrington Crown Court heard she had a warped perception of the boys and referred to her abuse as "relationships." The 37-year-old mother-of-one believed her virgin victims desired her sexually and after sex she would tell some of them that she loved them. More ..
When Ms. Teacher Goes After Male Pupil
FOX News, U.S.A., By Catherine Donaldson-Evans, February 12, 2005
Female teachers accused of sex crimes against underage male students have been grabbing headlines lately. Many of them are young and beautiful, their stories sordid and intriguing.
But to law enforcement, they're something else criminals who have committed statutory rape against a minor.
This week alone, two cases have hit the news: Cops say one Texas teacher, Kathy Denise White had sex with a 17-year-old, and Tennessee teacher Pamela Rogers Turner had sex with a 13-year-old boy.
They join at least three other recent cases: Florida teacher Debra LaFave (search), 24, is expected to plead insanity to charges she had sex with a 14-year-old student , according to her lawyer; California teacher Sarah Bench-Salorio, 28, allegedly molested two boys when they were 12 and 14; and 33-year-old California teacher Rebecca Boicelli was arrested last month on statutory rape and related charges after DNA tests confirmed that a former student fathered her 2-year-old baby when he was 16. More ..