Women are very into the idea of the big romance and if they think it’s reciprocated they can put it into their heads as, it’s a big love story.That’s something women are particularly vulnerable to.” It explains why these women offend.“That they are pushing them into sexual acts they may not be ready for.” But the other issue is society.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.
I think they frame it in their minds in a way that’s positive.
We’re so used to hearing about male offenders that our reactions are honed – disgust, outrage and pity for the victim. Normally it’s portrayed as the woman falling in love with the boy so we see it as a strange but romantic affair where age is just an obstacle.
It was a woman called Caroline Salisbury, a soldier’s wife, who had sex with a 14-year-old boy. As a society, we tend to view cases of male and female sex offenders differently.
“Some are very attractive and you think, you can get a man your own age, what are you doing?
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.
She was banned from teaching for three years, and the relationship was deemed inappropriate even though the student wasn’t underage when they began being sexually active.