Jul 07, 2016 News
Women can be sexual predators too – CPA
While perpetrators of sexual crimes are most often identified as men, child care specialists have noted the importance of raising public awareness about female sexual predators.
The Child Protection Agency, (CPA) recently launched an investigation into two cases of sexual offences perpetrated by women.
The first case involved a female shopkeeper accused of sexually molesting two young boys, aged six and seven. The other case involved a mother who performed sexual acts with her sons.
In both instances, the children were taken into the care of the CPA. It is against this backdrop that officials of the Agency are highlighting the importance of being on the lookout for female sex offenders.
The CPA has since noted that “There are instances, though minimal, in which women can be sexual predators too. Hence we (members of the public, parents and legal guardians) need to continually be watchful of the persons hanging around their children.”
Officials of the agency have alluded to historical statistics which indicate that a vast majority of both male and female victims of female sex offenders tell no one of their experience consequentially, making the task of detecting and prosecuting female predators difficult.
“You’ll find that boys, especially, don’t tell if they’re being molested by a female. There is too much stigma attached. But it is happening. Teachers, shopkeepers and even mothers wear the hat of sexual offenders at times,” asserted one childcare specialist.
According to information compiled by international child care professionals, a majority of cases of child molestation perpetrated by females involves oral sex and incest. The victims are most likely children and teenagers.
Officials of the Childcare and Protection Agency believe that while forming a campaign to track down and prosecute female sex offenders is unlikely to bear fruit any time soon; it is important to recognize that women can and do commit serious crimes.
Many times, when someone reports that they have been sexually abused by a woman they are not believed and as in most cases of molestation the victims are often threatened by their offenders. Childcare specialists have therefore recommended that it is imperative for parents to talk to their children about sexual abuse.
“Leave the door open for your children to have conversations on any topic with you; it’s the only way of making them aware and safeguarding them against predators. Allow them to express themselves. Ask questions.”
The CPA is continuing further investigations into the matter of a female shopkeeper soliciting sexual favours from two young boys in exchange for food.
The incidences allegedly occurred in the community of Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara for close to two weeks in June. According to reports, the boys aged six and seven visited the shop begging for food because they had nothing to eat. But instead of giving the hungry lads a meal, the shopkeeper offered the children a deal; food in exchange for oral sex.
The children agreed and were visiting the shop frequently until their relatives confronted and questioned them. They revealed that the woman would give them things to eat when they perform oral sex on her. The matter is currently under police investigation. (Rehanna Ramsay)
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