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August 14, 2007

Letters to the Editor

Women can be predators

Women sexually assault children too! The Angela Comer case reminds us that males don’t hold a monopoly on such reprehensible behavior. While Ms. Comer’s deeds have made for recent local drama, there have been numerous similar cases throughout the United States in recent years. When adult women sexually abuse boys we don’t think of it the same way as when adult men sexually abuse girls. Girls who have sex with adult men are seen as victims while boys who have sex with adult women are seen as “getting lucky.” I believe that boys who have sexual contact with adult women are often damaged emotionally, can produce children that they never intended to and can generally be manipulated into behaving in ways that they would not normally behave.

At several Web sites, including Court TV’s Crime Library (http://crimelibrary.com), there are descriptions of female child molesters and their sexual exploits. Mary Kay LeTourneau is the infamous woman who at 34 engaged in sexual encounters with a 13-year-old student. This “relationship” ultimately produced two children who I believe have suffered from having a young teenage father and a mother who found it acceptable to engage in sexual activities with a pre-teen. In the late 1980s in New England, Pamela Smart, who was in her mid-20s, developed a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy. Ultimately, this manipulative relationship ended in the boy murdering her husband at her reported request. He was sentenced as an adult and is serving a 40-year sentence. In Colorado, a 35-year-old Nicole Andrea Barnhart, a social studies teacher, began a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy who was later thought to be suicidal, according to About.com (www.crime.about.com).

What makes women sexually abuse kids? According to Crime Library it has to do with having a low self-esteem, being self-centered and needy and feeling controlled in some part of their lives. They enjoy the adoration and control they experience when they are having sex with someone younger than they are. Whatever the reason, many experts believe that female sexual offenders are not taken as seriously even though the damage they do is serious.

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