Readers of the Dumbass Daily will doubtless recall the days not that long ago when a female teacher accused of sex with an underage boy could almost certainly count on getting a light jail sentence, if any at all. (Most got some kind of probation.)
Now, apparently the tide has turned and more lady teachers are getting not only jail sentences, but sometimes lengthy ones.
Here’s more from Yahoo News:
In US schools last year, almost 800 school employees were prosecuted for sexual assault, nearly a third of them women.
The proportion of women facing charges seems to be higher than in years past, when female teachers often got a pass, said Terry Abbott, a former chief of staff at the US Department of Education, who tracked the cases.
This year’s numbers are already slightly ahead of last year with 26 cases of female school employees accused of inappropriate relationships with male students in January compared to 19 cases the previous year.
Female educators who sexually abuse their students are facing tougher prosecution in part because there are more women police officers.
There is also a greater awareness among prosecutors, judges and the general public that students who are victimised by an authority figure, regardless of gender, experience trauma with life-long consequences.
“Law enforcement is increasingly feminised, and women are much less prone to the old attitude: ‘Oh, this is just some kid who got lucky,'” said David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center.
“They recognise the issues involved and they go after women who violate the statutes.”