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Study says most follow in fathers' financial footsteps

If your ancestors were rich -- or poor -- you're likely the same, writes Misty Harris, although that tendency may be less pronounced in Canada than in the United States and Europe.

The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Ontario, by Misty Harris, April 22, 2006

In what sounds like the life philosophy of Paris Hilton, an international economics study has found "it's not what you know but ... how rich your father is that matters."

The report, presented this week at the annual meeting of Britain's Royal Economic Society, identifies a strong relationship between the earnings of parents and their children. In all regions studied -- Britain, the U.S., Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland -- "inherited" economic status was most pronounced for those born into very poor or very affluent families.

Researchers concluded that Cinderella-like aspirations of upward mobility -- particularly those linked to the "American dream" -- are far less attainable in these countries than once thought.

"In most countries, persistence is greater among the highest earners than among the lowest earners," says Robin Naylor, an economist at the University of Warwick and co-author of the study. "But in the U.S., persistence is at its most marked among the particularly poor -- the poorest 20 per cent, for example. Thus, the rags-to-riches story is especially unlikely in the U.S., of all places."

The report, which included 2,000 American parent-child pairs, looked at sons born in the late 1950s and measured earnings in their 30s and 40s against those of their fathers at a similar age.

Frank Atkins, a professor of economics at the University of Calgary, says the findings are consistent with a mounting body of evidence for inherited economic advantage. And, he says, it's not just how much money your father earned that matters, but how much your grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather earned.

"There are some people who break through ... because we're always hearing (rags-to-riches) stories," says Mr. Atkins. "But what the statistics will tell you is that, on average, it just doesn't happen."

The story is more encouraging in Canada.

Although one-third of Canadian children from low-income families go on to become low-income adults, Statistics Canada economist Miles Corak reports that almost one-fifth of those born at the bottom rung ultimately climb to the top.

"The story for Canada is a good-news story when comparisons are made to the U.S. and some European countries," says Mr. Corak, who edited the 2004 report Generational Income Mobility in North America and Europe.

"The education system has a lot to do with it, the structure of labour markets has a lot to do with it, and investments within the family has something to do with it. Those three things together determine the average effect that you're seeing."

Mr. Corak believes inequity at the bottom and top of the income scale is everyone's problem.

"This whole message is important because it speaks to equality of opportunity," he says. "Regardless of where you are in the political spectrum, we can all buy into the notion that people's success in life should be based on their own energies and talents and not on something they inherit by the accident of birth."

The Ottawa Citizen 2006

Female Sexual Predators / Female Sex Offenders

Vancouver Sun

3 in 4 B.C. boys on street sexually exploited by women

VANCOUVER - Canada's largest study into the sexual exploitation of street kids and runaways has shattered some myths about who the abusers might be - with the most surprising finding being that many are women seeking sex with young males.

"Some youth in each gender were exploited by women with more than three out of four (79 per cent) sexually exploited males reporting exchanging sex for money or goods with a female," said Elizabeth Saewyc, associate professor of nursing at the University of British Columbia and principal investigator for the study conducted by Vancouver's McCreary Centre Society.

"I must admit it wasn't something we were expecting."

Associated Press

Mom drugged daughter to get her pregnant: police

Associate Press, U.S.A.
April 3, 2009

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania mother has been charged with giving her 13-year-old daughter drugs and alcohol so the woman's boyfriend could impregnate the girl without her knowing, police said Thursday.

Shana Brown, 32, is no longer able to have children but wanted to have a baby with her current boyfriend, Duane Calloway, said Uniontown Police Detective Donald Gmitter. The pair decided to drug the girl so Calloway, 40, could have sex with her, he added.

"There's some sick people on this case," Gmitter said.

Brown has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, turned herself in Thursday and was being held in the Fayette County jail, police said. Brown's attorney did not return a call for comment.

Calloway faces several counts of attempted rape. He was arrested Wednesday and remains in jail. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

The three attacks occurred in Brown's home in Uniontown, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, according to the criminal complaint.

Female Sexual Predators / Female Sex Offenders

The Oprah Winfrey Show

Lisa Ling Video Interview of Female Sexual Predator / Offender

This woman raped or sexually assaulted over 100 children by her own account.

Research - 20% out of 800 Sex Offenders are Female

Guardian UK

Our blind rage at women who abuse

Because we assume women never commit child sexual abuse, we treat one who is accused with disproportionate disgust

The Guardian, UK
June 11, 2009

About 20 years ago, I gave a talk about sexual abuse to the RAF. At the end, a young airman came up to me and said, "It's not just men, you know," before hurriedly walking away. That pulled me up sharp. Up till then, like most people working in the area of sexual abuse, I'd always assumed the abusers were men.

This just isn't so. We can't be sure of the precise prevalence of sexual abuse by women, as there hasn't been enough research into the subject. Academics have just assumed it doesn't happened. But conservative estimates suggest that 5% of girls and 20% of boys who have reported being abused have been abused by women. From my own research - I have had 800 cases reported to me - I believe the more likely figure is that it is 20% of all sexual abuse that is done by women.

It is women themselves who have done most to propagate this conspiracy of silence. It has almost become a feminist axiom that it is men who are to blame for abuse and that if women are in some way implicated, it is only because they have somehow been forced or controlled into doing so against their will. Again, this turns out to be completely incorrect: 75% of the cases reported to me involved women acting on their own.  Read More ..

Why you shouldn't see VAGINA MONOLOGUES

Lesbian Pedophilia and the rape of girls

Don't attend performances.

Mother had sex with child sons | Toronto Star

Mother confesses to sex with sons

Had intercourse with 2 teenagers

Pleads guilty to incest charges

A Kitchener woman has pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with her two teenage sons on separate occasions.

Mainichi Daily News| Woman who cut off her newborn son's genitals handed 5-year prison term

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.  Read More ..

The Guardian UK - Female Sexual Predators - Female sex offenders

Up to 64,000 women in UK 'are child-sex offenders'

After Plymouth case shocked the nation, police say number of women abusing children

The Guardian UK and The Observer
4 October 2009

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.

Female Teacher Sexual Assault Student

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Female Teacher Charged With Sex Assault on Seventh-Grade Boy

Associated Press / Fox News

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.