Fast Facts About Females Who Sexually Offend

Fact 1: Females can be sexual offenders.
There is no typical profile of someone who commits sexual abuse. People who sexually offend cross all socioeconomic, educational, gender, age, and cultural lines. Approximately 5% of people who sexually abuse are females.

Fact 2: Females are more likely than males to abuse younger children.

Studies have found that one regard in which females who sexually abuse others differ from males is that females are more likely than males to abuse younger children. Some researchers have posited that this may be because females have more access to younger children through child-caring jobs.

Fact 3: Females who sexually offend have low recidivism rates.

Studies have found that the average sexual recidivism rate for female sex offenders after 5 years is less than 3%.

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