Women dating younger boys
That’s something women are particularly vulnerable to.” It explains why these women offend.Unlike the other types of female perpetrators – ‘pre-disposed offenders,’ who have a history of being abused themselves, or ‘male coerced offenders,’ who sexually abuse younger people because a man is coercing them into it – these types of women convince themselves they’re in love. Anthony Beech, criminological psychology professor at the University of Birmingham, explains his thinking: “The teachers are entitled.The immediacy that can be available from a text message or social media is making significant changes to all of our sex lives but certainly those of young professionals.” It brings to mind the case of 29-year-old teacher Emma Harfield who was banned from the classroom for life after sharing a bed with two schoolboys.
It shows a clear blurring of boundaries that's specific to our modern age.
But it’s about having a connection with that person.” It means that this type of ‘teacher-lover’ doesn’t always have deep-rooted mental issues. Donald Findlater, director of research at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, which researches sex abuse, estimates that 10 to 15 per cent of adults will have occasional sexual interest in a teenager.
“It’s important to recognise that lots of people are capable,” he says.
Our stereotypical attitudes towards female sex offenders allow them to continue offending – by not viewing them as serious criminals or excusing and justifying their behaviour, we create a culture where they can get away with their crimes.
It’s why Dr Hetherton says: “We do have to challenge our views.