Item description for Female Sex Offenders: What Therapists, Law Enforcement and Child Protective Services Need to Know by Julia Hislop...
For everyone responsible for the well being of children, this book explains one of the hardest to detect threats to their safety.
Female sex offenders have victimized an estimated two to three million people in the United States. As a society we find it nearly impossible to believe that females, usually seen as nurturing, are capable of sexual abuse.
The result is that, each year, hundreds of thousands of youth are not protected, not believed, and not treated for the trauma associated with the abuse. Through her detailed analysis of the currently available literature and her own research, Dr. Hislop describes what is known about female sex offenders: identification of abusers, estimates of the number of abusers and victims, the methods of abuse, the types of trauma seen among their victims, and what is known about the developmental histories of female sex offenders.
She also provides therapists with directions for treatment and prioritized treatment goals, including exploring the victimization and patterns of offending, the relationship between the offender's own victimization and her offending, precursors to offending, and methods to stop offending.
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Hislop has worked with physically and sexually abused children and adults, as well as child abusers and sex offenders. She is currently affiliated with the Child Abuse Program at the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia, and is in private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Julia Hislop currently resides in the state of Virginia.
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fascinating study Nov 16, 2006
Many people talk about how bad it is when girls are molested by men... "oh how terrible, what a creep, they should lock him up and throw away the key", etc. Very little is said about female offenders and their victims however, particularly when the victims are teenaged boys. Hislop, who is a practicing therapist makes such oversights much more difficult given the evidence she presents in this study which is written like a scholarly monograph. She references many professionals who are specialists in the field and also presents results from studies of her own.
I didn't read this entire book cover to cover, because parts of it are written more for practicing threrapists, particularly the last part. Much of the book however is accessible to the average educated person. A lot of interesting results were presented. Based on other things I've read and heard, much of the information in this book is not new, but some of it however is quite shocking.
I already knew that female offenders tend to come from chaotic or dysfunctional backgrounds where alcoholism, drug abuse, physical/sexual abuse is the norm. It's also relatively well known that women from such backgrounds tend to select life partners who will re-activate this chaos, if they select a "good guy" however they will do something in their relationship to sabotage it (i.e. commit incest, abuse their kids, cheat, abuse drugs/alcohol, etc.).
Some of the interesting information which I didn't know are the following assertions, which has been confirmed by professionals in the field:
-Men who were incest victims by their mothers tend to suffer from serious psychosomatic symptoms and depression as adults, social dysfunction and are hindered in cognitive development.
-The majority of serial rapists have had sexual contact with grown women as children/adolescents.
-Rapists are sexually victimized more by females than males.
So many people think that boys who are victimized by grown women are lucky. After reading this book, we learn that boys who are victimized by women are hardly lucky. And the women who victimize them... they more often than not are complete messes socially and mentally.
The laws need to be re-written Sep 28, 2006
The same way laws have bee redefined for females when they came into the workplace so it is true for this issue. Females have always raped males. All the reasons have already been stated on why women get away with this so I wont revisit. suffice it to say that many female students love to have affairs with their male teachers but it doesnt make it right. But the religious aspect of female virginity etc clouds our way and while religion wont change we can. RAPE IS RAPE
Female Sex Predators Is Nothing New... Just IGNORED! May 16, 2006
A GREAT Journalist, Patricia Pearson has touched on this subject as well. Overwhelming fact, in virtually all rape, or any other type of sexual assault perpetrated by females... is not taken seriously, turned into a case of "little child (boy) gets "lucky"?, and the ultimate belief of "women don't ever rape" seems to prevail. WHY? Because the authorities, judicial, and medical arenas FAIL TO DOCUMENT, REPORT, OR PERSUE CRIMINAL CHARGES/ACTION AGAINST THE FEMALE PERPETRATOR. Instead, it is routine that authorities will try find any male present to inflict blame. A neighbor, distant friend, the person calling in the crime to authorities, or any other innocent bystander-- any one of these males WILL BE BLAMED-- virtually all cases involving female crimes. Not to mention the slew of excuses any female can utilitize on any given moment(court trial) to get off the hook... COMPLETELY.
In MOST cases involving female perpetrated crimes (this also includes domestic violence), is down played to a lesser crime sentence/charge, or simply dismissed.... Unless of course the criminal offense can be passed onto a male for ANY given reason.
Stop with the misguided ultra-feminist male-hatred ideology. Women are just as competent to commit a crime, sexual assault. Pull your heads from the sand. Next time, listen and believe your young child when he comes up to you and says "she touched me where I go potty"... Don't beat him or accuse him of lieing... Women are quite capable, and it certainly does happen more often than what YOU would like to believe.
Very enlightening Mar 17, 2006
This book is very well written and researched and I liked Ms. Hislop's factual style of writing. Not far into the book it suddenly struck me as odd that there is so much effort in understanding female sex offenders, but I do not see this same attempt at understanding male offenders ... they just go straight to prison. Is it not possible that they may also be suffering from some childhood trauma done to them or are in other ways in great need of psychological help. Maybe someone could write a book about that.
More people should read this book. Dec 22, 2002
I found this book to be very well researched, and thorough. I believe that his contains new information that is helpful to helping both victims and offenders. It is a shame that more people in positions that deal with victims or offenders have not read this book.