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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.

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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.

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

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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 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; (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.

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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.

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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.”

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

Tracy Dawber remanded in custody (South Sefton)


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.

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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.

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16:42 11/16/2009

November 17th 2009

Article from The Daily Mail (UK)

It seems unthinkable, but ChildLine says calls from boys abused by women have doubled in a year. This deeply disturbing investigation reveals the terrible impact of a crime that society has never dared to confront.

Bill Jenkins’s memories of the childhood abuse he suffered are as sharp as the pain that accompanies them.

He remembers the diamond pattern on the linoleum bathroom floor tiles, the Moby Dick mural on the wall, the door handle which seemed so high up next to his six-year-old frame.

He vividly remembers, too, how he was expected to bath and touch his naked abuser, an ordeal which left him confused and ashamed, and changed the course of his life. ‘The vision in my head is crystal clear,’ he says.

What took place in the bathroom of that house in Sussex 50 years ago is shocking enough, but what makes it even harder to comprehend is that Bill’s abuser was his foster mother – a woman entrusted with caring for him when his own parents couldn’t.

‘My lasting feelings about my childhood are feelings of fear,’ says the 55-year-old from Thorpe in Surrey.

‘I was always frightened of her and what she forced me to endure affected the rest of my life, but as a society we have a mental block about female abusers. We are shocked when we see it happens. We can’t believe that women are capable of such things.’

But the stereotypical belief that sex abuse is a male crime was shattered last week by an astonishing report from ChildLine which revealed that the number of children reporting sexual abuse by women has doubled over the past year.

The latest figures from the children’s telephone helpline show a 132 per cent rise in complaints of female sexual assaults. Where the children specified the gender of their abuser, nearly a quarter of all calls involved women assailants and the majority of those involved the callers’ own mothers.

And while girls are still more likely to be sexually abused by a man than a woman, the opposite is true for boys. Research for the helpline found that boys were more likely to say they had been abused by a woman than by a man.

‘This report has shattered common myths about sexual abuse,’ says ChildLine founder and president Esther Rantzen.

‘We’re trying to reach out to boys because we’ve always been concerned about two things: one is that four times as many girls were ringing ChildLine as boys, and the other is that suicide is the most common reason for young death among late teenage boys and early 20s young men.

‘The obvious conclusion is that they are allowing really distressing problems to build up without actually being able to ask for help.

‘So it became very important to ChildLine that boys felt able to ring us – and more of them are. But what it’s revealing is how many of them are being sexually abused by women.’

Historically, of course, it has been hard for society to accept that women abuse children at all. This is something which, according to Bill Jenkins, makes it even harder for boys to come forward and speak about what happened to them.

‘What chap, regardless of age, wants to admit his abuser is a woman?’ he says. ‘It’s not something that men will readily admit to. It implies you are a wimp.’

This emotional conflict is echoed by the voices of more recent victims, desperate boys and young teenagers who turn to ChildLine for help. Many of them fear being seen as unmasculine and worry that what is happening to them will be dismissed as a teenage rite of passage.

‘I’ve been having sex with my aunt – she’s 28,’ says one 15-year-old caller, in a harrowing transcript of his call. ‘I want it to stop ‘cos I know it’s wrong and my mother would go crazy if she knew but we keep doing it.’

And another 15-year-old: ‘Sometimes when Mum is very drunk she touches me and tries to get me to touch her. It makes me feel really weird. It’s not right.’

Following the case of Vanessa George, who pleaded guilty last month to seven counts of sexual abuse and distributing pornographic pictures of children at the nursery where she worked, the traditionally-held image of women as carers and nurturers, incapable of behaving in such a despicable fashion with a child, is being challenged as never before.

‘Years ago, people were very shocked to hear that children were abused at all,’ says child psychotherapist Diana Cant, who works with the victims of female sex abuse.

‘The same is now true about female sex abuse. People can hardly bear to think about it or get their minds around it. We want to push it away. It flies in the face of the image of mothers as carers.

‘It’s important for people to realise that it does happen and, as we do that, it becomes easier for survivors to talk about it. Many children go through life believing they are the only people to whom this has happened. There’s an enormous therapeutic benefit in realising that they are not alone.

‘For it to be more publicly recognised is enormously important in helping people get help.’

Experts have known for years that women are just as able to abuse children as men are. Detective Chief Inspector Graham Hill, of the Child Exploitation And Online Protection Centre in London (CEOP), has interviewed several female sex abusers.

‘There’s this cultural perception of women as the home-makers, and that men are the sexually aggressive ones,’ he explains.

‘Society as a whole has bought into that and the law has been shaped around that. The reality is very different. But those attitudes are ingrained.

‘When you start to talk about this subject, people tend to not want to know. They shut off because it’s a subject they don’t think is very common. They don’t think it’s something that warrants serious debate. As such, women tend to fly under the law enforcement radar.’

Yet DCI Hill insists ‘ChildLine’s findings are very much in line with our own’.

He adds: ‘We come into contact with lots of female sex offenders and we know that there are a number of women who have a sexual interest in children and that they do sexually abuse children. The idea that’s it’s always a woman being coerced by a man is a myth.

‘Although the number of female sex abusers is still very low compared to men, their offences tend to be of a more serious nature – at the top end of the spectrum.

‘At the same time, women abusers are far more likely to operate alone as opposed to being part of large-scale paedophile networks.

‘Their offending tends to start earlier in life in childhood. It’s not usually of a violent nature. They will start as children with other children.

‘Many female offenders we have spoken to are claiming they were victims of long-term physical and sexual abuse in childhood. But that’s quite a common claim for all sex offenders to make.

‘We don’t see large-scale networks with loads of women,’ says DCI Hill. ‘We see lots of men and sometimes a smattering of women who become involved.’

Disturbingly, he adds: ‘The majority of women we speak to will have abused their own children. Women tend to sexually abuse children who are close to them.’

This makes reporting such crimes even more difficult for child victims, who know that by doing so they may be kick-starting a process which will ultimate tear apart their family and, in all likelihood, see them being put into the care system.

‘If you are being sexually abused by your mother, there’s such a profound and primitive confusion,’ says Diana Cant. ‘It completely confuses sex and care-giving for both boys and girls.

‘They stand to lose everything and they fear that, if they report it, everything they know, their family, will be taken away.

‘And it’s not just their lives, it’s the lives of their siblings. There is also the issue that while one child may feel ready to disclose abuse, their brothers or sisters may not and may deny it, so there’s guilt and confusion there.’

Peter Bradley, an adolescent psychotherapist from the children’s protection charity Kidscape, adds: ‘The last thing a child wants is to be taken away from their mother – even if they’re in an abusive relationship.

‘That’s a huge obstacle when it comes to turning to any kind of authority for help. The message we need to give is that the intervention will be appropriate to the level of abuse and in conjunction with the child.’

And when youngsters do summon the courage to talk about it, the devastation caused by such abuse becomes clear.

Bill Jenkins, who channelled his anger about his own experiences into setting up Securus, a company selling internet protection software for schools and businesses, admits the abuse he suffered as a child had enormous implications in adulthood.

‘I didn’t realise for a long time that by instinct I was a woman hater, because my experience of this woman meant that I thought women were just to be used for sex,’ he says.

‘In my early years, that was it. I got married and had two children, but I couldn’t understand that a large part of marriage is based on friendship. I was never able to give myself totally to my wife. I always held back.’

Bill’s first marriage broke up and he has been married to his second wife for 20 years. ‘I was very open with her from the start,’ he says. ‘But even so, even being aware of that, I find it hard to give myself totally.’

He lives with the memory every day, but adds: ‘Being able to confront your demons is important. That’s the only way to put them behind you. I can’t change what went on, but accepting it helps you cope.

‘The past loses its power over you. I am happy to talk about it now because it helps me and I hope it helps others to seek help.’

It has been discovered that a large percentage of female child abusers abuse their own children

The true scale of the problem is as yet unclear. It is thought that high-profile media cases – such as that of Vanessa George – encourage victims to speak out.

‘When the public hears a story being told they feel they’re not alone, and because they feel less isolated they feel more able to talk about something which is a hugely taboo topic,’ says Peter Bradley.

‘We are not saying the number of offences of female sexual abuse are necessarily increasing, but that the number of reported cases have increased.’

Pointing out that the Vanessa George story really hit the headlines last month, Mr Bradley adds: ‘We’re sure that in this next 12 months the numbers of children reporting abuse by females will increase dramatically.

‘We are just at the tip of the iceberg.’ And while organisations such as ChildLine, which receives twice as many calls from girls as it does from boys, continue to try to encourage boys to speak out, experts are also agreed that more research is essential to protect children and understand what leads women to abuse in the first place.

According to DCI Hill: ‘We are sadly lacking in research in relation to female offenders. Only now, as more women are charged and are subject to sexual offenders’ treatment programmes and to academic research, will we start to understand the subtle differences between male and female offenders.

‘But that is still five or ten years away. What we are saying is that the debate needs to be out there. We need to talk openly about female offenders.’

No doubt many will still struggle with the idea that women are capable of such despicable behaviour.

But until attitudes change it is also clear that female abusers will continue to hide behind the benign image of mother, aunt or family friend and that this tiny minority of wrongdoers will escape notice.

This is an extract from a letter written by Tony, an adult struggling to come to terms with the abuse he suffered at the hands of his aunt from the age of three.

‘I know that the experts say that female sexual abuse is rare,’ he writes. ‘Don’t believe it. There are many out there like me who were abused and who are now causing more abuse.

‘I sometimes wonder how different my life might have been had my mother or someone else listened to the pain of a small boy.’

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November 17th 2009

A COUPLE have been served with AVOs today after being charged with sexually assaulting their nine-year-old son and putting images of him on the internet.

Police allege the couple from Peakhurst, Sydney (Australia) assaulted the boy between January 1 and November 10 this year.

They faced life imprisonment if found guilty of the alleged sex crime.

Court documents allege today the man, 56, “did have sexual intercourse with his nine-year-old biological son, this was uploaded via live webcam.

“Also located on his computer were numerous graphic images of child pronography.”

Court papers also said the woman, 48, “did fail without reasonable excuse to bring information to the attention of a member of the police force…knowing that a serious indictable offence had been committed – her nine year old son was being used for child pornographic purposes and was being sexually abused by (his father)”.

The pair appeared separately at Sutherland Local Court where they did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.

Although they were remanded in custody, they were both handed apprehended violence orders against their son, which stops them from contacting him while behind bars.

When asked if he understood the AVO, the man said: “It means I can’t go near him?”

Magistrate Clare Farnan replied: “You can’t go near him, you also can’t ring him up, you can’t send him a letter, you can’t talk to him, do you understand?”

“I won’t go anyhwere near him,” the man said.

The woman said only “Yes”, when asked if she understood the AVO.

The couple were arrested at their home last night and the man was charged with two counts of sexual intercourse with a person under 10 under his authority, one count of aggravated indecency with a victim under 16, one count of used child under 14 years of age for pornography, one count of produce, disseminate or produce child pornography and another count of aggravated indecent assault, victim under his authority.

The woman faces four charges including sexual intercourse (victim under 10 under her authority), concealed a serious indictable offence, aggravated indecency (victim under 16) and incite aggravated idencency (victim under authority).

They were remanded in custody and will appear at Central Local Court on January 5, 2010.

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Michigan Woman Charged with First-Degree Child Abuse in Shaken Baby Case


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18-Year-Old Joy Gutowski Faces 12 to 15 Years

A Manistee, Michigan woman stands accused of first-degree child abuse after doctors say her 3-month-old baby was shaken.
In early September, 18-year-old Joy Gutowski had her infant son taken out of her custody and put into foster care after she took him to the   hospital with suspicious injuries.
Baby’s Injuries Found to be Consistent with Shaking

Gutowski claimed that the baby fell off of the couch when she left it alone in the room for a moment, and landed on its head.

Doctors at Manistee’s West Shore Medical Center reported to Sheriff’s deputies that the child’s injuries, including a skull fracture and bleeding on the brain, were consistent with injuries caused by shaking an infant. The child was transported to the DeVos Children’s Hospital, where a team of specialists performed a second exam and came to the same conclusion.

Allegedly Abusive Mother Loses Custody

The infant, now 5 months old, remains in foster care in the Grand Rapids area. The prosecution reports that he is alive and “recovering.” Gutowski is also the mother of a 1 1/2 year old son, who has also been removed from her custody. The father of the children, 21-year-old Steven Boss of Manistee, is not currently being charged.

Child abuse experts say that the effects of shaking a baby may not be immediate. The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome indicates that while the most sever injuries cause by shaking infants may be noticed immediately, lesser injuries may go unreported and undiagnosed for weeks or months, if noticed at all. The long-term effects of this head trauma can be permanent, taking a toll on motor skills, reflexes, language skills, and more.

While Gutowski maintains that the baby did, indeed fall off of the couch that day, reports from the prosecution indicate that she has admitted to shaking the baby on at least two occasions because he would not stop crying. This on-the-record admission by Gutowski means that the prosecution will likely have an easy time getting a conviction.

If convicted, the felony charges could send Gutowski to prison for as much as 15 years. A preliminary hearing is set for November 25th.

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Mother pleads guilty in horrific abuse death of daughter

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A suburban woman pleaded guilty today to the murder of her child in one of the more horrific child abuse cases in recent history.

Mila Petrov, 31, of Maine Township, admitted beating to death her 5-year-old daughter Melanie in 2007. The beating that killed the child was just one of many beatings, burnings and other tortures prosecutors say Petrov inflicted on Melanie over the course of her short life.

Petrov’s husband, Carlos Beltran, was sentenced in June to 20 years for his complicity in the ongoing abuse.  He had agreed to testify against his wife.

Under traditional sentencing, Petrov is eligible for between 20 and 60 years in prison for the murder.  The case qualifies for an extended sentence and prosecutors will ask the judge to impose more than 60 years, according to Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Petrov will be sentenced December 10.

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Sadistic mother-of-eight found guilty of abusing her children with belt, meat mallet, hot screwdriver and even a garlic crusher

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:29 PM on 19th November 2009


A sadistic mother-of-eight has been found guilty of subjecting six of her children to a ‘sickening’ six-year campaign of abuse and neglect.

The 37-year-old beat her children – aged between four and 16 – with objects including a belt, a broken coat hanger and a meat-tenderising mallet, a court heard.

She was found guilty of 18 charges of abuse including scratching one of her daughters with a knife and burning another with a hot screwdriver.

Weapons: Three of the implements that the 37-year-old beat her children withWeapons: Three of the implements that the 37-year-old beat her children with

DS Tim Underhill from Cambridgeshire Police with some of the weapons used in a child abuse caseDS Tim Underhill of Cambridgeshire police’s child abuse investigation unit holds up the weapons used on the children. He said: ‘The house was untidy and cluttered. It smelt and there were no, or very few, toys around.’

Cambridgeshire County Council admitted monitoring the family since 1999 yet charges were only brought on the mother after two children discussed the abuse with a teacher.

The mother, a Jamaican national living in Cambridge, was found guilty of 18 charges including nine counts of assaulting a child under 16 in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering with injury to the child’s health.

She was also found guilty of one count of affray and two counts of witness intimidation.

Her reign of terror against her children lasted from January 1 2002 to July 1 2008, the court heard during a five-week trial.


‘I thought she was going to hit me until I died.

‘She hit me on the head with the garlic crusher and grabbed me round the throat. I was crying and putting my hands up to stop her.

‘She said “I am going to slice your throat with the knife”. I could hardly breathe and she cut me with the knife she was holding in her hand’

The allegations came to light when two of her daughters told teachers at their school that they were being mistreated.

On one occasion, the woman locked up two of her daughter’s school friends in the family home after they witnessed her violence towards her daughter.

They saw her hit her daughter with a meat mallet and garlic press and threaten to slit her throat with a knife if she did not move her hands out of the way.

Summing up the case, Judge Jonathan Haworth read an extract from video evidence from the girl who suffered the attack.

She said: ‘I thought she was going to hit me until I died.

‘She hit me on the head with the garlic crusher and grabbed me round the throat. I was crying and putting my hands up to stop her.

‘She said “I am going to slice your throat with the knife”. I could hardly breathe and she cut me with the knife she was holding in her hand.’

The mother subjected her children to a catalogue of abuse and smacked them with a belt, leaving buckle marks on their skin.

On one occasion the mother heated a screwdriver to mend a toy and then used it to burn her daughter on the thigh and buttock areas, leaving scars.

Two of the children aged just 12 and 14 said they did the shopping and cooking for the family and looked after their younger siblings while their mother lay in bed watching TV.

The mother even sent her young daughters out late at night to find ice for her drinks. Rather than return empty-handed, the youngsters often hid in a park overnight to avoid being attacked.

The woman was heavily pregnant when the allegations were made and has since given birth to her eighth child. All of her children are now in care of the social services.

One of her daughters told the court that she had considered suicide.

She said: ‘I was bullied at school, beaten and burned by my mum. My life was terrible.’

When police arrested the mother, they found the house dirty, with no food in it and no sheets on the children’s beds.

Medical reports said doctors found scars and marks on the children which could not have been from accidental injuries.

The children’s teachers described them as quiet and withdrawn and noticed that one of her sons was always cold and hungry, eating second and third helpings of school dinners.

They were concerned at times that the girls were fending for themselves and appeared frightened of their mother.

In her defence, the mother claimed that a former partner used to beat her and hit the children with a belt and that her children and their friends had made up the allegations.

She admitted slapping them but not using weapons.

She told a parent of one of her children’s friends: ‘Tapping them is different from hitting. I loved my kids, I still do. I did not do these things to them.’

Georgina Gibbs, defending, said that witness reports about the house being messy and smelling of urine did not indicate that the children were being neglected.

Cambridge City Council admitted that they had been aware of the situation since 1999, but despite ‘ongoing monitoring’ the children were only recently taken into care.

A spokesman said: ‘We acted as soon as these allegations came to light and the children were immediately taken into care.

‘Social care teams offered extensive support when the family first came to our attention in 1999, and the situation improved significantly when a relative moved into the family home.

‘There was ongoing monitoring of the family situation by all the relevant agencies.’

Peter Bradley, deputy director of national children’s charity Kidscape, described the abuse as ‘sickening’.

He said: ‘If you’ve got six children, over a six year period, showing signs of serious physical harm, it begs the question as to why there was no intervention earlier.

‘This seems to be part of an ongoing problem with social services nationally where departments are not joined-up in their thinking process and are not sharing information effectively.

‘This has been the failing of many social services around the country which needs to be addressed urgently.

‘In this case the child who reported the abuse was braver than social services themselves who should have been there to protect those children.’

Detective Superintendent Tim Underhill of Cambridgeshire police’s child abuse investigation unit described the state of the house when they arrived.

He said: ‘The mother was arrested and her children taken into care on the same day that the children reported the situation at school.

‘The house was untidy and cluttered. It smelt and there were no, or very few, toys around.’

DCI Karen Rowell, also of the child abuse investigation unit, said the trial had been ‘particularly harrowing’.

‘I would like to thank all of the children involved who have all been incredibly brave throughout,’ she added. ‘I hope the children will be able to move on with their lives.’

Sentencing will take place on December 7.

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Judge finds Richmond mother was insane when she killed 8-year-old son

Posted: 11/16/2009 11:18:30 AM PST

Updated: 11/17/2009 07:24:57 AM PST



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Raijon died Oct. 27, 2006, of battered child syndrome after enduring long-term abuse by his…


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// ]]>MARTINEZ — A judge on Monday found a Richmond mother was criminally insane when she subjected her 8-year-old son to long-term, continuous abuse that ended in his death in 2006.

Judge Charles Burch found Teresa Moses, 26, was insane based on “a preponderance of evidence” that includes reports from three doctors who stated that she suffered from paranoid delusions when she abused her son, Raijon Daniels. Burch must now decide how long Moses will be committed to a state mental hospital.

Defendants can be found criminally insane when it can be proved that they did not understand or appreciate their actions because of a severe mental illness or defect.

Raijon died Oct. 27, 2006, of battered child syndrome after enduring long-term abuse by Moses that included beatings, starvation, washes with household chemicals and high-pressure hoses. The boy lived in a locked room rigged with motion sensors and a video camera that fed into his mother’s bedroom.

“It’s a tragic case,” said deputy district attorney Gerald Change, whose office submitted the doctors’ finding. “The boy suffered horribly.”

At a hearing Monday, Moses pleaded no contest to first-degree murder. In exchange, prosecutors withdrew torture and child abuse charges that were filed against her. Had she been convicted of all three charges at the trial, Moses could have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Instead, she faces commitment

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Men Are Not the Only Offenders When It Comes to Inflicting Sexual and Emotional Abuse

Nov. 18, 2009


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Often authorities don’t recognize female abusers as readily because women are more apt to be victims rather than aggressors. But mothers can also perpetuate sexual abuse.

Step mothers, foster mothers and biological mothers (though not as often) have made growing up hell for some children. But often authorities don?t recognize the abuse as readily because women are thought to be victims rather than aggressors. Were you the

Women abusers are on the rise in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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Antoinette Davis, mother of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis found dead today near Sanford, North Carolina, will face charges.

The USA Today details the initial charges expected to be filed, as well as information on an accomplice who will be charged:

Antoinette Davis, 25 is charged with human trafficking and felony child abuse.
An accomplice, Andrette McNeill, 29, will face kidnapping charges. He was seen on surveillance footage carrying Shaniya at a Sanford hotel. As a result, another man who was arrested last week has been freed.

Antoinette Davis, sometimes referred to as Antoinette Nicole Davis

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