LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Women can be sex abusers, too

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Ted Nugent is, of course, right, in “No more child-abuse excuses” (Commentary, Friday) but he covered only half the story.

The rest of the story is that we must face the politically incorrect reality that women can be sexual predators, too. The most widely acknowledged examples are female schoolteachers.

The nation needs a paradigm shift wherein we acknowledge the existence of both male and female sexual predators. Support for such a paradigm shift can be found in a 2004 U.S. Department of Education report titled “Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature,” in which students reported that 43 percent of their molesters were female. Such a high proportion of female abusers demands action, including equal justice under law for both female and male predators.

Until we open our hearts and minds to the reality that women can be sexual predators and that female predators can inflict lifelong harm on those they abuse, our children will remain unprotected from nearly half of America’s sexual predators.

GORDON E. FINLEY

Emeritus professor of psychology

Florida International University

Miami

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