Women carry out sexual abuse of men, women, and children, on a far higher scale than is popularly assumed. In our 2015 election manifesto the longest of 20 sections covered the issue of sexual abuse (pp. 31-7). One of the early paragraphs:
This culture leads to inequalities. Few women are held accountable for sex offences, including those women who sexually abuse children. It’s known from a major American survey (details below) that slightly over 25% of sex offences are committed by women against men (with no male accomplices). We would therefore expect the male/female ratio of people charged with sex offences to be a little under 3:1. In the UK, in 2013, the ratio was 146:1.
Our thanks to Mike P for this. Extract:
A record number of women are being convicted of sex crimes, with many of their attacks carried out on children.
Some 142 were guilty of sex offences in 2016 – almost double the 74 convicted two years earlier and more than triple the number at the start of the decade…
Most sexual offences are carried out by men but in recent years there has been a sharp rise in women being hauled into court for these crimes, which include grooming schoolboys.
Steve Lowe, director of Phoenix Forensic Consultants which treats and assesses child sex abusers, said: ‘The rise has occurred because we are more prepared as a society to accept that women can be sexual predators and we are beginning to change our perception of the idea that a young male having sex with an adult woman is a rite of passage.
‘Now we would question a 13-year-old boy having sex with a 28-year-old woman. In the past that was more likely to have been accepted. But if you reverse that, it is obvious that a 28-year-old man having sex with a 13-year-old girl is abusive.
‘Historically, sex with an older woman was routinely seen as a positive thing for young males. It’s possible that films such as The Graduate reinforce this view. But I would never accept that. These are distorted relationships and connections.
‘It is also likely that greater education of young males allows them to talk about having been sexually abused.’ Dr Kieran McCartan, associate professor of criminology at the University of the West of England in Bristol, said: ‘We are seeing an increase in the reporting, recording and sentencing of female perpetrators of sexual harm, nationally and internationally.
‘This is down to a number of factors, including increased numbers of victims coming forward, more attuned police investigations, more cases being referred to the courts and more cases being successful.
‘The police and the Crown Prosecution Service are being more proactive on these cases than ever before.’
The tally of 142 female sex offenders includes 16 women convicted of sexually assaulting males and 21 guilty of the same offence against women and girls.