When a 34-year-old female teacher was arrested for having a sexual relationship with her 17-year-old student, it made the local news. They had met when she was his teacher and began dating, and continued even after she had changed schools. Her behavior reached the eyes and ears of the police Sex Crimes Unit, who made the arrest.
When the local paper ran the story, the comments from readers (all male, of course), ran along the usual: “Where can I see a picture of her?”; “What’s the problem here? This is every teenage boy’s dream.”; “I think he’ll recover fairly quickly.”; “How much ‘therapy’ will it take to help this poor young man recover from the trauma?”; “Who is the victim here again?”; “Where were these teachers when I was in high school? I can keep my mouth shut!”; and “Don’t be shy of some cougar love. Go get ’em!”
It’s a double standard, where many in the public (again, often males) cannot see the real harm when these stories appear. So a 17-year age gap seems perfectly fine for them if it involves a male victim, who must have been a willing participant and a female perpetrator, who just couldn’t help herself. But when the roles are reversed, and a 34-year-old male teacher has a sexual relationship with one of his 17-year-old female students, let the howling for justice begin. “Where was the school and the police during all this?” go the shouts. “Why didn’t the parents or other teachers, campus staff, or district administrators see this was going on? Hang that pedophile from the highest oak!”
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