MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — In February, two women have been arrested for sexually abusing minors. On Feb. 5, WKRG News 5 brought you the story of ______ a former Ruckel Middle School teacher charged with having a sexual relationship with a student. On Feb. 16, ______ was charged with sexually abusing a young child. Research shows women make up a small percentage of sexual predators.
Research into sex offenders historically mostly focused on men. The Department of Justice reports the first articles on female sex offenders didn’t even appear until the 1980s.
WKRG News 5 sat down with Mobile Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Andy Wynne. He said, “All the research indicates it’s probably 10 percent of the perpetrators are women.”
When it comes to female sex offenders, there isn’t too much information. The National Center for Biotechnology Information published a medical journal saying: “Women are usually portrayed as victims and as being passive, innocent…”
It continues describing how traditional gender stereotypes can make it difficult for people to imagine a woman as a sex offender.