Just finished reading a list of documented female teachers that been accused, or convicted of having sexual relations with their students. Teachers having sex with students is more prevalent than one would imagine, so much so, that it has a name and classified as ‘sexpidemic’ in academic circles for tracking and researching this deviant behavior. It is also surprising that I could not find an extensive list for men teachers, maybe because it less widespread, or male teachers are more discreet, or the girl students they molest keep their secrets. Most boys tend to reveal the unwholesome sexual interest to their friends and for some unexplained reason, to their mothers.
Though the criminal sex penalties are the same, victims are underage, and the alleged actions are similar, female teacher sex offenders in most cases face much lighter sex crime penalties than their male counterpart offenders do. Even more disturbing, these female teacher sex offenders have even gained pop culture status through intense media scrutiny about their arrests and sex crime trials. Contrary to their male sex-offending peers that are often deemed as “predators” by public and judicial consensus, female teachers involved in sex scandals tend to receive lighthearted, even flattering press coverage, instead of being reviled as sexual predators.
I would have willingly engaged in any sexual activity with my female teachers. As a teenager fueled with ranging hormones, and with the added misfortune of attending an all-male institution, I had to endure many sleepless nights longing for my beautiful and gorgeous Peace Corps teacher to seduce me and take me home for private lessons. I looked forward with great anticipation to my weekly French classes, not only to become more fluent in the language but also a rare opportunity, at the tender age of 12 or 13, standing in the proximity of a real woman (who was not family), to bask in her femininity and to breathe in her exotic perfume at every opportunity. Those fleeting moments of my impressionable youth still linger, with a definite appreciation of the French language. Not condoning teachers having sex with students, however, in today’s world that line of respect between students and teachers seemed to be obliterated.
The female sex offenders are of no particular religion, marital status or education from English, Language Arts teachers; Kindergarten, History, Special Education educators, softball and cheer-leading coaches to substitute teachers, and varied in ages ranging from 21 years to 60-year-old, Adrienne Laflamme, a Science teacher at the Brevard County Juvenile Detention Center in Cocoa Beach, FL., who not only had a four-week heated affair with a 17-year-old inmate but also included a three-some with a 14-year-old boy.
Sexual shenanigans are not always between teachers and the opposite sex, but also among lesbian teachers and young girls. Sexual involvement with students can be complicated when more than one teacher is having a relationship with the same student. Some teachers are quite adventurous as in the case of Special-education teacher, Summer Michelle Hansen, 31 of Centennial High School in Corona, CA., charged with having sex with five students and sending the boys text messages and nude pics of herself.
Alabama has the highest rate of sexual relations between teacher-student sex in the nation. Kentucky, Louisiana, Vermont and Mississippi round out the nation’s top five worst states for teacher-student sex.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice NSOPW website, the facts and statistics are overwhelming. In a 2012 maltreatment report, of the victims who were sexually abused, 26% were in the age group of 12-14 years and 34% were younger than 9 years old. Research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimated that 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused by the age of 18; and 69% of the teen assaults reported to law enforcement occurred in the resident of the victim, the offender, or another individual.
What would motivate an intelligent, mature teacher to indulge in sex with a minor at the cost of losing one’s reputation, career and the respect of the community? Well, no single factor or combination of factors can fully explain why someone offends sexually, though some factors may increase a person’s tendency to do so, such as: (a) physiological/biological (e.g., imbalanced hormones, being sexually attracted to children); (b) sociocultural (e.g., being exposed to broader social messages supportive of aggression); (c) developmental/environmental (e.g., having witnessed domestic violence) and (d) situational/circumstantial (e.g., having easy access to victims, extreme levels of stress).
With a large number of teachers having sex with their students across America, it is inevitable that being a teacher’s pet will include special sexual favors.
The The American Physiological Association has a great resource for understanding and preventing child abuse and neglect.
Center for Sex Offender Management provides parents and guardians tools to prevent child abuse.