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Outline
1. Introduction
a. Teenage boys have always lusted after attractive teachers,
but what happens when the teachers lust after the boys?
b. famous cases
i. LaFave
ii. Letourneau

2. differences b/w male and female
a. reasons for doing it
b. effects on student

3. Different views of the Problem
a. Traditional perception of women
i. see women as less aggressive- so this is surprising/fascinating to Americans
ii. tendency to be interested in this b/c it captures the attention of people
who want to see people more sexually liberated
iii. Rape by man worse than rape by women?
iv. feminist’s views

4. the way law handles it
a. in the past
i. swept under rug
b. currently
i. more and more cases being reported and dealt with fairly,
though still a bias

5. Conclusion
a. wrong if women does it, wrong if man does it
i. but important to see the reason why for each case instead of
running to biased conclusions
ii. educating students











Introduction
Most research done on sex offenders has focused almost entirely on males. Recently, though, there has been an increase in attention by the media to women who sexually abuse adolescent males, mainly in the context of a teacher/pupil relationships (Shelley 1). The excitement in Florida that eventually reached the whole nation in 2004 involved middle-school teacher Debra LaFave who became a “tabloid sensation” after she was arrested on charges of seducing one of her students (Balona 6). Many parents are good at teaching their children to stay away from strange men, but few ever think that women, too, do bad things. As demonstrated by recent news stories of female teachers committing sex crimes, the traditional stereotype of women as nurturers and not aggressors needs to be reevaluated in order to protect the wellbeing of children against female sex offenders.


Perceptions of the Problem
Society’s view that sexual abuse by females is “less serious” has led many to the belief by many that female sex offenders are treated with a “Double Standard” (Shelley 1). Some male students even tend to pass it off as some kind of “rite of passage” instead of actual abuse. There definitely is an unwritten code of sexual behavior that ways a young teen boy cannot be seduced as a girl can, that they some how are born stronger mentally and are fully aware of what they are getting involved with and completely willing to participate no questions asked. Fortunately, the public is starting to see the abuse in this type of scenario, instead of some kind of lucky opportunity for a male teen (Balona 8). More and more, people are beginning to feel courts should be as strict with women and they are with men who commit the same sex crime against a child.
There even has seemed to be an ongoing failure by feminists to recognize agency on the part of females and the ability to acknowledge the fact that they too can instigate improper and abusive behavior (Denov 183). Feminists have fallen short of when it comes to explaining all forms of sexual violence including by women, sticking with men as the abusers over women in a patriarchal society. This is a result of fear; fear that by engaging in the study of sexually aggressive behavior by women, some people will undermine the degree to which men offenders largely tip the scale when it comes to sexual abuse taking attention away from male offenders more dangerous aggression. Many feminists also believe that research on women committing sex crimes could be easily blown up and reconfigured to aid “anti-feminist objective”. However, until feminists begin to attend to the fact that females are able and do commit sex abuse and until they begin to speak of the false belief that women “heal and never hurt”, feminism will not advance (Denov 183).


Gender Differences of Child Sex Offenders
Although they may have committed the same crime under the law, dissimilarities are found in the motives and reasons between the acts of men and women sex offenders. Male child sex offenders tend to use coercion techniques and threats to keep them in compliance and silenced, usually preying on more than one victim at a time. Like men, female offenders generally describe themselves as feeling dominating and powerful over their victims. However, they also tend to be more focused on one person, offering a sense of love and loyalty and a kind of deep bond (Denov 183). Interestingly enough, a history of depression and anxiety seems to show up in studies of female sex offenders, as well as more likely than their male counterparts to have been sexually abused as children themselves (Hundley 3). A pattern of chaotic lives, including substance abuse, frequent moves, and erratic employment is seen in the lives of women sex offenders, unlike men sex offenders, who appear to lead normal lives and have families and stable jobs. Even though most of females who commit sex crimes against minors have been in romantic relationships with men their own age, they tend to “abuse children for their own emotional needs” They are often immature emotionally and are drawn to the intensity that is experienced in adolescent relationships. (Hundley 4). There are a few important differences between a man and women in the reasons behind what leads they to commit a certain sex crime, but the effects they have on their child victims tend to be disturbingly similar.


How Victim is Affected
Society tends to underestimate the effects sex abuse can have on a young male victim. After 41-year-old Elizabeth Marian Young was arrested for having sex with a 16-year-old high school student, the teenage victim initially denied the allegations against Young and told officials that he and his teacher had “a special relationship” that “nobody could understand”. But, later during an interview he broke down threatening to hurt himself and was taken to a mental health treatment facility (Hundley 6). While the fantasy of being in a relationship with a teacher can be normal, boys, just as girls, can face a multitude of problems when they become sexually involved with a woman misusing her authority before the student is even developed mentally. Even with the more publicized case of Letourneau, the victim had endured becoming a father of two, substance abuse, underperformance in school, and even depression all before he was eighteen (Stennis 2). Because many male victims of sex crimes are affected negatively, some people believe they do not get equal recognition under the law.



The Way Law Handles Female Sex offenders and their Victims
The hard part of stopping female sex offending is that less is known about female sex offenders than male sex offenders. Some say courts should be as strict with female offenders as males. In the recent years though, there has been advancement in the neutrality of prosecutions against both sexes of sex offenders. After middle school teacher Keri Ann Brekne plead guilty to five counts of aggravated indecent assault in 2008, she faces up to 50 years in prison and is being ordered to be psychologically and psychiatrically evaluated. But what about the victim? States are not fully on board with tackling the judicial inequality of such offenses. Legislators in most states have passed some form of gender-neutral statutory rape laws in an effort recognize male victims through the constitution. Recommendation for the establishment of a federal gender-neutral law intended to provide equitable enforcement of the law to protect male and female victims from adult predators has taken place (Stennis 5).


Conclusion
It has been too easy in the past for female sex offenders to get away with thier crimes, as the psychological and emotional effects brought on to thier victims were just brushed off and signs of puberty by authorities. In order to truly and nuetraly combat sex crimes against minors by educators, who are supposed to be there to instruct there students and be thier role models, society needs to come to terms with the recently visible fact that female teachers also can and have adused thier pupils.









Works Cited
Balona, Denise-Maria. "Misconduct by female teacher appears to be rising." Tribune Business News [Washington] 16 Nov. 2008. Proquest. University of Texas at San Antonio Library, San Antonio. 4 May 09. Keyword: female sex offender.

Braden, Tyra. "Teacher sent to prison after admitting sex with student: Judge revokes Keri Ann Brekne's bail and jails her as she awaits sentencing." Tribune Business News [Washington] 9 July 2008. Proquest. University of Texas at San Antonio Library, San Antonio. 4 May 2009. Keyword: female sex offender.


Denov, Myriam S. Perspectives on Female Sex Offending A Culture of Denial (Welfare and Society). Grand Rapids: Ashgate, 2004.

Hundly, Wendy. "Child sex cases involving women increasing in Texas." Tribune Business News [Washington] 23 Feb. 2009. Proquest. University of Texas at San Antonio Library, San Antonio. 4 May 2009. Keyword: sex crimes women.

Jackson, Shelley. Female Sex Offenders: A New Challenge for the Criminal Justice System. Diss. California State University, 2007. Long Beach: Proquest Dissertation and Theses, 2007.


Stennis Jr., Joe. "Equal Protection Dilemma: Why Male Adolescent Students Need Federal Protection From Adult Female Teachers Who Prey On Them." Journal of Law and Education 35 (2006): 395-403. Proquest. University of Texas at San Antonio Library, San Antonio. 4 May 2009. Keyword: Female teacher sex offender.