Both are registered sex offenders
Typically, when someone thinks of a sex offender, the first thing to come to mind is probably some middle-aged guy such as the one pictured above. However, it is important to realize that females can be sex offenders as well. A growing category of sex offenders is that of female offenders. They currently make up around 10% of registered sex offenders, however it is important there may be more out there who are not registered or who have evaded detection. According to the CDC in 2005, 40% of men and 6% of women disclosed that they experienced childhood sexual abuse by a female perpetrator. Although, later studies have shown that females are just as likely to abuse males as they are other females.
It is a misconception that very few females will commit such acts by her own, not coerced by a male. However, it actually the opposite; women are more likely to commit their offenses alone than with a males (or other females) present. A majority of female sex offenders commit sexual acts against their own children, or other children in their care. While no child sexual abuse is good, child sexual abuse by a female can be especially devastating. In our society, women are commonly viewed as the gender that is more nurturing and safe. For someone in this role to outright abuse a child greatly affects the child's view on the world and their level of trust in people in general. Below is a link to a YouTube clip that speaks of a female teacher having sex with her male student.
It is important to notice some of the comments made on this video. Many of them are saying that the thirteen year old who she slept with was probably in heaven. It is important to think of it if the situation was reversed though: what if it were a male teacher who slept with a thirteen year old girl? It is this type of gender stereotype and way of thinking that allows female offenders to remain unnoticed, or not receive the punishment, or treatment, that they desperately need and deserve. This need to equally punish male and female sex offenders can be seen in the case of Tanda Rucker. Rucker was a high school coach in Los Angeles. In 2006 she was convicted of 18 felony counts of sexual crimes. She could have received up to 14 years for the crimes she committed, but instead, she was sentenced to one year in a minimum-security facility. Again, if it had been a male that was convicted of 18 counts of sexual crimes, I am certain he would have gotten closer to the maximum time of 14 years. This gender bias against viewing women as true sexual offenders can prevent the recognition and reporting or sexual crimes committed by females. Society, in addition to law enforcement agencies, mental health professionals, child protective services, etc., need to be reject the traditional myths of female sex offenders and replace the myths with the new knowledge that is becoming more readily available.
Female Sexual Predators: Understanding Them to Protect Our Children and Youths (by Karen Duncan)