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Female Child Sex Predators on the Rise

More area women are going to court on charges related to child sex crimes. Up until recently, female predators were rarely seen in courtrooms, but now the Randall County District Attorney James Farren says between 15 and 20 percent of his child sex cases have female defendants.

He says the majority of female predators have stable careers in business, teaching, or as a homemaker.

"The sex offender is usually someone the child knows, loves and trusts. Many times a family member or someone at school or at church, someone who has alot of access to them," says Farren.

It is becoming more socially acceptable for boys, young men, and their families to report sexual abuse. However, many still do not.

Clinical sexologist Kaye Renshaw tells me fear of being viewed as weak, is why many boys are continuing to bury their conflicting emotions.

"And then it has a much greater likelihood of being acted out in addiction to pornography and sexual behaviors that match those incongruent feelings and are therefore self destructive."

Renshaw says the Internet is the top way women seduce boys into sexual acts, so parents should be watchful of their child's electronic use.

Signs of sexual abuse include withdrawl, moodiness, and compulsive showering. Even with the societal advances, Farren says it more difficult to get a prison sentence for a female offender than it is for a male offender.

He says often jurors have sympathy for females they do not show for most males.

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