Child Sexual Abuse: Female Offenders

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Child Sexual Abuse: Female Offenders

Child sexual abuse is forced, tricked, or coerced sexual behavior between a young person and an older person. Sexual abuse may consist of any one of the following acts: nudity, disrobing, genial exposer, observation of the child, kissing, fondling, masturbation, oral genital contact, child pornography, and sexual intercourse. There is no rule governing the age range between a victim and a perpetrator. However, when the perpetrator is under 18 years of age, often age discrepancy of five years has been required to verify cases of sexual abuse where there was no force involved. While many estimates have been made, the national incidence rate of sexual abuse remains unknown. The estimate that one in four girls and one in ten boys are abused prior to age 18 became widely known simply from being repeated. Child sexual abuse has been reported up to 90,000 times a year, but the number of unreported instances is far greater, because the children are afraid to tell anyone what has happened (American Academy of Child &ump; Adolescent Psychiatry). Childhood sexual abuse is a traumatic experience affecting the lives of not only the victim, but those close to the victim as well. Many think there is only one person truly traumatized, but in fact, everyone involved is affected. The victim has to deal with their experience the rest of their lives. They may be more at risk for other mental issues as well, including depression. The family involved has to deal with its pain, often causing hardship and conflict within the family. This is especially true when the perpetrator is a member of the family. Instead of focusing on the males sexually abusing children I would like to discuss female child sex offenders. Female sex offenders are not easily identified. They do not tend to fit the stereotypes of male sex criminals. Sexual abuse by females, while not as common and definitely underreported as abuse by males, does occur. A 2007...
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