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02:37 11/19/2009

November 19th 2009

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan Fund for Children and Families (TFCF) yesterday urged early intervention for deviant sexual behaviors as statistics show that sex offenders who are younger than the age of consent have more than doubled over the past five years, while the number of female minor sexual offenders has also increased.

Sexual violators have increased to 6,227 individuals in 2008, or 2.93 times the reported cases in 2005, and those who are underage have increased from 153 people to 751, according to TFCF, adding that the number of offenders aged six to 12 have increased the most, by more than double as compared to 2005.

Compared to juvenile offence cases in 2005, 2008 saw an increase in male violators by 160 percent and a 257 percent rise in female perpetrators, said Hsiao Tsung-chi, an official from TFCF.

The spike in female offenders may be a result of victims turning into offenders in order to compensate for their own suffering, added Hsiao.

Other reasons for the increase include minors trying to live out media or video game scenarios, peer pressure, reenacting pornographies and victims-turned-aggressors, said Chen Jo-chang, director of the counseling center at National Dong Hwa University.

Chen recounted a conversation he had with a convicted sexual offender in his 20s. The convict said that he had started playing sexual games with other kids in his neighborhood when he was six. The games only got more intense as he got older, and he ended up assaulting a neighboring child for the same thrills when he became an adult.

TFCF urged the public to teach children the importance of respecting the other gender, to be careful in selecting movies and other media for their children and to provide early counseling to sexual assault victims.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2009/11/19/233305/Underage-sex.htm

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2009/11/19/2003458846

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Crime/Story/A1Story20091119-181054.html

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14:15 11/19/2009

November 19th 2009

River Falls, Wisconsin – A former teacher’s aide has been charged with sexual assault.

She’s been accused of having sex with a 12-year-old several times, including at a school. Not only that, the child claims the woman put a gun to his head and threatened to kill his family if he ever told anyone about their relationship.

Rebecca O’Malley-Tietz, 34, (pictured left) from River Falls, has been charged with first degree sexual assault of a child. She used to be a teacher’s aide for the Harbor Program at the River Falls Academy before being fired last year.

Police say the boy told them O’Malley-Tietz would write notes to him at school. Eventually, he told officers he started staying at her house overnight as their relationship allegedly escalated.

Police interviewed O’Malley-Tietz and claim she, at first, denied they had sex, but later changed her story. She told them they did, but that he forced himself on her.

O’Malley-Tietz was scheduled to make her first court appearance on Thursday.

The River Falls School District says she was fired in 2008 because there were concerns about her relationships with students, staff and parents. The district says it had no knowledge of the alleged assault while O’Malley-Tietz was an employee.

http://www.wqow.com/Global/story.asp?S=11538882

http://wcco.com/crime/sexual.assault.child.2.1322853.html

http://www.riverfallsjournal.com/event/article/id/93578/

Police: Teacher had sex with 12-year-old repeatedly, then threatened him with gun

http://www.twincities.com/ci_13830369?source=most_viewed

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Mother indicted after daughter tests positive for cocaine

By Ashley Meeks Sun-News reporter

Posted: 11/27/2009 12:00:00 AM MST

 

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Yvonne Sanchez, who also uses the last name Arellano, was indicted on two felony charges of child abuse by a Doña Ana County grand jury Tuesday.

Sanchez was originally arrested in October after police officers responded to a parking lot fight and recognized her vehicle as being involved in an earlier crime, according to documents filed earlier this month in court.

Her three children were found in a “filthy and dangerous” home — dirty diapers on the floor, trash and dirty clothes scattered about, sharp objects like clippers sitting out, uncovered food on the countertops attracting flies, and drug paraphernalia — including three needles — in a cabinet under the backed-up kitchen sink, according to court paperwork. Officers noted it was difficult just to walk around the apartment and that rotting food and bags of trash cluttered the balcony.

She told detectives and representatives from the Children, Youth and Families Department that her boyfriend and his brother, the prior tenant, had drug problems, but that she allowed them to watch her children while she was at work.

The three children were turned over to CYFD custody, according to court documents.

Hair tests on her son and daughter revealed levels of cocaine between .63 and 8.3 nanograms per milligram of hair, between the

low threshold for “frequent” cocaine users and the levels observed in “heavy” cocaine users, according to figures at DrugLibrary.org. Cocaine can be present in children’s hair due to in utero drug use or when children are exposed to second-hand crack cocaine smoke; Sanchez’s second son was allegedly exposed to Sanchez’s boyfriend’s brother “smoking from (a) bottle with something black inside of it,” according to court documents.Sanchez remains in custody.

Ashley Meeks can be reached at ameeks@lcsun-news.com; (575) 541-5462.

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10:50 11/12/2009

November 12th 2009

Article From The McGill Daily

Rosa Aiello examines the treatment and perceptions of female sex offenders

By Rosie Aiello

As of 1995, 4,500 sex offenders were incarcerated in Canada – only 19 of these offenders were female. Could it be true that only 0.4 per cent of sexual crimes committed in Canada are committed by women? Is it possible that the proportion of women incarcerated is reflective of the proportion of women actually committing sexual assault in Canada? It is difficult to answer these questions concretely, especially since underreporting skews sexual assault research for both male and female offenders.

According to the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), however, “many researchers consider [David] Finkelhor and [Diana] Russell’s (1984) estimates of the prevalence of female sex offending to be the most accurate to date. Their tentative evaluation is that females may account for up to 13 per cent of the abuse of females and 24 per cent of the abuse of males, either acting alone or with a partner. Finkelhor and Russell also estimated that approximately 6 per cent of sexual abuse against females and 14 per cent of sexual abuse against males is thought to be perpetrated by females acting alone.”

Even if we consider that these figures might be somewhat overestimated, it is safe to say that the proportion of females incarcerated for sexual assault is very low – especially considering that the number of males incarcerated for sexual assault is only a fraction of those who offend.

Joanne-Lucine Rouleau, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Université de Montréal, has only treated 15 to 16 female offenders in her career, compared with hundreds of male offenders. While Rouleau admitted that not enough research had been performed in the area of female sexual offenders to come to any substantial conclusions about the reasons for these disproportionate numbers, she offered a profile of the female sex offender that may shed light on the issue. According to Rouleau and other sources, the age of female perpetrators generally ranges between 22-35 years old, as opposed to 14-90 years old for male offenders. Female sex offenders generally target children and adolescents, both male and female, who have some previous relationship with the perpetrator. Female offenders make very few random predatory attacks, typically using their positions of authority – parent, teacher, babysitter – to gain access to their victims. (It should be noted that this is also the case for most or many male sexual offenders.)

Statistics also show that many of the victims of female sexual offenders are the perpetrators’ own children, a fact which may itself contribute to underreporting, since the perpetrator may act as a barrier between the child and a doctor or teacher who might be able to advocate on behalf of the victim. It follows that victims would be “reluctant to report sexual contact with a parent on whom they are dependent,” reports the CSC.

Furthermore, the age and professional positions of many female sex offenders contributes to the persistent gender stereotypes that block society from viewing females as potential assailants. Traditionally, women are mothers, teachers, nurturers, and victims – not the violent monsters that we imagine rapists to be. If women are seen predominantly as passive, how can they be capable of sexual assault? Research from the CSC elaborates on the effect of stereotyping on our perception of female sex offenders: “Women in general, and mothers more specifically, have more freedom than men to touch children. Therefore, a man may be more easily perceived as abusive when touching a child than when a woman touches a child in a similar manner.”

Female pederasts

Sexual assault by female teachers in their thirties on male students in their early and middle teen years is one of the most common and most publicized forms of sexual assault by women. According to the CSC, the women responsible for these crimes have often been victims of sexual abuse, and are dissatisfied in their current romantic life, or are unable to form healthy age-appropriate relationships. Instead, these women tend to form what they deem to be loving relationships with their young male students, treating them as they would a boyfriend of their own age. The women often see little wrong with their actions.

The media uses language such as “relationship,” “affair,” and even “love” to describe these cases, showing a bias toward the position of the offender, and contributing to underestimation of the threat and damaging potential of female sex offenders.

A New York Times article reads: “Ms. West…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 sexual trysts.” There’s a playful tone in this quotation: the author calls the assault a “sexual tryst,” giving it a mysterious and even alluring air. Another article cites a woman being “charged with repeatedly having sex with an 8-year-old boy.” Employing the neutral term “having sex” to an assault makes the woman’s actions seem benign.

The attention and sympathy that these cases receive from the media is also a product of the attractiveness of many of the offenders, stemming from the notion that the “beautiful” woman cannot also be the predatory woman. Offenders whose faces have been made popular by the media, including Debra Lafave, Cameo Patch, and the smiling Stephanie Ragusa appear charming, harmless, and even vulnerable. It’s difficult, based on their appearance alone, to believe that their sexual exploits could be so damaging. This inability to view female sex offenders as threatening is part of a greater reluctance to criminalize women’s actions. Peter Vronsky, a history professor at Ryerson University and the author of Female Serial Killers: How and Why Women Become Monsters, explains that even in courtrooms, “we don’t recognize [women] as serial killers, we recognize them as something else entirely.”

But perhaps reporters’ choice of sympathetic and even affirmative language to describe these cases is not symptomatic of gender stereotyping, but is actually reflective of the tenor of the incidents. Haven’t there been women convicted of sexual assault who, upon their release from prison, have married their supposed victims? Examples like the famous and contentious case of Mary Kay Letourneau and her “lover,” Vili Fualaau, call the criminality of their “relationship” into question. Letourneau and Fualaau first began having sex when Fualaau was only 12 years old. Years later, and after extensive legal battles, the couple is married with a child. Although this outcome might prove the sincerity of their romance, the question remains: did Letourneau’s seduction of Fualaau at such an early age leave him unable to form healthy, new relationships?

Classifying coercion

Of the 19 Canadian female sexual offenders the CSC studied, 14 had male co-offenders. It is tricky to discern whether these assailants were male-accompanied or male-coerced – the latter meaning that the woman had been forced by a husband or boyfriend, often through threat of physical violence or abandonment, to commit the assault. (The victims of these assaults were often the female perpetrator’s own sons and daughters.) “It is tempting to categorize all the female offenders who were involved in offences with males as male-coerced,” the CSC admits. “However, a closer look at their cases reveals that such a categorization does not accurately reflect their motives or behaviour.”

Only four of the 14 cases could correctly fall under the classification of male-coerced. In five of the 14 cases, women acted as primary aggressors, initiating the sexual assaults – they were not victimized or threatened by their male co-offenders. The tendency toward classifying female offenders as “male-coerced” implies the notion that behind every criminal woman there must be a criminal man: that a female would not, by nature, commit such acts if it weren’t for the love or the fear of a male.

There are few Canadians who don’t shudder at the mention of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. Much debate remains as to what degree, if any, Homolka was coerced into partaking in the pair’s sadistic attacks, including the rape and murder of Homolka’s own sister. Videos that Homolka and Bernardo filmed of the assaults show Homolka engaging with full complicity in the acts.

Some perceive her plea bargain with the courts as a manipulative self-victimization. Her position is not uncommon: as Vronsky attests in recent cases of many female killers (although historically it has not always been true) “the females that acted with males oftentimes get a much softer deal, cloaking their case in the battered wife syndrome.“

There is no question, however, that Bernardo exercised extreme violence against his wife. Reports cite his beatings of Homolka as some of the most horrendous on file, the severity of the abuse leaving her close to death, with electrical cord lacerations to her neck, a detached retina, and spongy areas on her skull. It is difficult to claim that any degree of violence can account for the atrocity of the acts that Homolka committed, though it is equally difficult to imagine the atrocity Homolka endured living with Bernardo.

Stigmatized male victims

Gender stereotypes play a role in society’s perception of the male victims as much as they do female perpetrators. Until recently “men [have been] viewed as physically incapable of being sexually abused by women,” according to the CSC. Recent research, however, cites cases in which men respond sexually to many states of emotional arousal, achieving erection even from feelings of anger and fear. Despite the changing views of male victims of female sex offenders, social stigma continues to prevent these victims from speaking out. Society believes that men should want sex, that a boy should consider himself lucky if an older woman shows interest in him.

Darlene Hall, an employee of the West End Creche, a children’s mental health agency in Toronto, told the Globe and Mail that victims “of female abusers, especially boys, tend to be more traumatized than those victimized by men. It’s even more confusing for them…. It’s ‘I should have liked it.’ It’s the double whammy.” Though it is unproductive and problematic to create relative scales of trauma between victims, it is true that male victims of female abusers face the attitude that the abuse that they have experienced has been sexually educational, or in some way a rite of passage, making it difficult for male victims to seek help or report their abuse.

Rouleau concurs: “Younger male victims do not speak out. Of the incarcerated offenders that I have treated, 25 per cent were sexually abused by women and did not say anything at the time of the abuse.” She also highlights the additional danger of letting instances of female sexual offense go unnoticed. While Rouleau makes it clear that “everyone who has been abused will not become an abuser,” there undoubtedly exists a cycle of sexual abuse in which the abused become the abusers. In a controversial statement addressed to a conference organized by the Toronto-based Institute for the Prevention of Child Abuse in 1991, Fred Mathews, a community psychologist at Central Toronto Youth Services, went so far as to claim that “by not acknowledging the problem of female sex offenders, we may be creating rapists, men who are angry at women.”

Gendering assault

Issues of gender weigh heavily in society’s neglect of female sex offenders, and thwart our proper treatment of the victims of female sexual assault. In attempting to view cases of female sexual abuse with more objectivity, however, we should not err on the side of gender neutrality, in the courtroom or in the media.

Gender plays a critical role in understanding the life experiences of perpetrators: almost all women who end up as sex offenders have a history of sexual abuse, which is true of only half of male offenders; there are real cases in which females commit sexual assault out of fear for their lives; female perpetrators have different methods and patterns of abuse than do male perpetrators. In determining adequate sentences and constructive rehabilitation treatments for female offenders the issue of gender is inescapable. Indeed, the very way we treat female offenders belies our sexist assumptions. The persistent view of women as victims rather than criminals disempowers the offenders, absolving them of guilt because of their gender and perpetuating the power imbalances that underlie the cycle of abuse. We shouldn’t allow gender stereotypes to undercut the seriousness of sexual assault, nor to allow us to continue neglecting the problem of female sexual offenders.

http://mcgilldaily.com/articles/22678

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11:57 11/17/200

 

November 17th 2009

A Mars Hill, North Carolina woman is now an inmate at The North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh after being sentenced to up to 10 years for statutory rape.

Amanda Metcalf, 24, (pictured left with cop) formerly of 217 Brook St., Mars Hill, was sentenced to at least 94 months and no more than 122 months in prison when she appeared before Superior Court Judge Philip Ginn last week in Madison County.

Metcalf was arrested in April and charged with felony statutory rape after a boy told Madison County Detective Mike Boone that he was 13 when he and Metcalf had sex.

Boone said he began investigating after “an anonymous phone call that reported Ms. Metcalf was in some type of relationship with a minor.”

Boone said he was able to identify the minor. “I spoke to the parent and with the minor himself.”

He said the mother was “very upset; had not a clue” what might be going on between the adult woman and her boy.

Boone said the boy, who was not identified, admitted “there was a past relationship” with Metcalf, and that Metcalf confirmed it when interviewed.

Boone said the witness against Metcalf said the sexual activity occurred around spring break 2008.

Metcalf had faced up to 40 years in prison under state sentencing guidelines.

In his order, Ginn said Metcalf must register as a sex offender “for 30 years” after her release.

http://www.citizen-times.com/article/200991117041

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13:52 11/18/2009

November 19th 2009

A SEFTON Council social worker has appeared in court on child sex offence charges following the investigation into paedophile Colin Blanchard.

Care practitioner Tracy Dawber, 43, of Guildford Road, Southport, Merseyside faced the allegations early yesterday morning at South Sefton Magistrates’ Court in Bootle, where she was hauled before JPs.

The 11 charges are as a result of an alleged link to 38-year-old Blanchard, a former Information Technology salesman who is originally from the Norris Green area of Liverpool.

Dawber, who was immediately suspended by Sefton Council from her role as a community care practitioner, faces four counts of possessing indecent images of children.

She faces five counts of permitting indecent images of children to be made and one charge of sexual assault on a child under 13.

She also faces a further count of facilitating the sexual assault of a child.

The mother pleaded not guilty to all counts during the hearing.

Charges against her are not linked to the Little Teds Nursery in Plymouth.

That case sparked massive public outrage and Blanchard admitted a string of child abuse offences at Bristol crown court last month alongside nursery worker Vanessa George and Angela Allen, both 39.

Blanchard, from Smallbridge, near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, is currently awaiting sentence alongside George, of Plymouth, and Allen, from Nottingham

Dawber was yesterday remanded in custody to appear before a committal hearing before JPs on December 30.

She wore a long black jumper and clutched her side in the secure glass- panelled dock throughout the hearing.

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Mr David Dixon took the decision to refuse her bail.

The trial will be held at Liverpool crown court.

Dawber will appear by video link at the committal hearing.

She worked at Southport general hospital on behalf of Sefton Council as a community practitioner for some time.

And neighbours, who describe her as “pleasant”, say that she suffers from pain in both her legs and feet and she has recently put on lots of weight.

It is believed that Dawber is from a big family and has a number of siblings.

Her mother is of Irish descent and her father, who died last year, was originally from the Liverpool area.

A spokesman for Sefton Council told the Visiter last night that Dawber was suspended from her role and the authority is co-operating with the police with their enquiries.

He said: “As soon as we were made aware of these allegations a community care practitioner was immediately suspended.

“This person’s role involved assessing adults in hospital with a view to providing care support when patients return to the community.”

He added: “We are co-operating fully with the police and will be unable to comment further for legal reasons.”

Superintendent Peter Edge of Merseyside Police said: “Yesterday (Wednesday) a 43-year-old women from Southport was charged with a number of offences relating to possessing and making indecent images of a child and sexual activity with a child.

“She appeared in the magistrates court today and has been remanded in custody.

“I cannot comment on the investigation or go into any details of the case. The investigation is ongoing.

“However, we have received a number of calls today from concerned members of the public who thought she may have worked with children in the area.

“I would like to reassure people that the woman involved in this case does not work at a local nursery or school.”

http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/southport-news/southport-southport-news/2009/11/20/sefton-council-social-worker-on-child-porn-and-abuse-charge-101022-25209653/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/6600354/Grandmother-held-in-connection-with-Vanessa-George-paedophile-ring.html

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2736710/Nursery-paedophile-ring-cops-arrest-another-mum-43.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8367522.stm

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-news/local-news/2009/11/19/child-
sex-100252-25206037/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/third-woman-in-court-on-paedophile-charges-1823547.html

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/2738346/Paedo-suspect-No5-is-old-folks-carer.html

Tracy Dawber remanded in custody (South Sefton)
South Sefton Magistrates’ Court (Bootle) 19-11-2009


Tracy Dawber remanded in custody (South Sefton)

MISS TRACY DAWBER,
GUILDFORD ROAD,
SOUTHPORT

D.O.B: 13/6/66

Miss Dawber pleaded not guilty to possessing four indecent photographs of a child at Guildford Road in Southport on 17/11/09.

She pleaded not guilty to intentionally sexually touching a child under 13 when she did not consent on Bedford Road in Southport on 20/8/09.

Miss Dawber pleaded not guilty to permitting five indecent photographs of a child to be taken and sexually assaulting a child under 13 at Bedford Road in Southport on 20/8/09.

Miss Dawber was remanded in custody until 24/11/09.

http://www.whoisincourt.co.uk/view_story.php?id=3835&area_id=8

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23:53 11/15/2009
November 13th 2009

A man and woman have been arrested in East Tennessee for allegedly raping their three children.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said a grand jury recently returned dozens of child abuse and sexual abuse indictments against Christopher William Arnold Sr., 38 of Claxton and Nancy Renee Arnold, 35 (pictured below) of Powell

The pair had been under investigation by the sheriff’s office, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and Clinch Valley Children’s Center since before the November 3rd indictments were handed down.

Both were taken into custody on Friday, November 13th.

Christopher was arrested at his home on Mehaffey road by deputies, U.S. Marshals and the Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force. They also discovered several marijuana plants growing his house. He was book on drug charges as well as 41 separate charges of child sexual offenses. That includes 12 counts for rape of a child, 12 counts of incest, 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery and 7 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure. His bond was set at $200,000.

Nancy was arrested at her home on Old Clinton Pike by U.S. Marshals and the Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force. She faces 11 separate charges of child sexual offenses including five counts of aggravated sexual battery, three counts rape of a child and three counts of incest. Her bond was set at $175,000.

Both will be arraigned in the Anderson County Circuit Court on November 20th.

The investigation is still considered ongoing.

http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/70085352.html

http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=104719&provider=gnews

http://www.oakridger.com/news/x687823232/Couple-indicted-on-52-counts-of-child-sexual-offenses


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