Monday, November 22, 2010
As I read both stories, I found myself really pissed at the perpetrators of the crimes: two female teachers, both very attractive and relatively young. When the abusers of sex crimes are women, there seems to be less outrage by the public at large; the media often focuses on the attractiveness of the perpetrator. In one such case, pictures were aired that showed the teacher wearing skimpy attire and posing for some modeling shots she had done in the past.
There's a kind of "boys will be boys" attitude by many and an assumption that this is a boy's dream come true...Well. Not. So. Fast. As a therapist working with children, on more than one occasion, I've had boys come to me to complain about the sexual aggressiveness of girls. The boys complained about girls touching them inappropriately and they didn't like it. They sought help in trying to get the girl to cut it out. What age am I referring to? The boys ranged in age from about 13 to 15.
In my experience, boys entering adolescence are curious and intrigued with sex, but they're often afraid of it as well! They may talk and brag about it, but the thought of actually doing something scares a lot of them. That's why premature sexual activity with an adult is so damaging to their psyche and leads to emotional problems.
Now, you may wonder how an adult woman gets herself into a situation like this? Once again, based on my experience as a counselor, working with adolescent boys and being a keen observer of human interaction, let me offer my humble opinion. This by no means applies to every situation, but is just one possible scenario...
Let's look at a school setting. I've observed teen boys become very flirtatious with staff members. Some of them develop crushes. I've heard teachers complain and have indeed heard students ask teachers if they're married, do they have a boyfriend etc. I've observed boys invade the teacher's personal space. A teacher was becoming concerned and complained to me that one of her students was asking her too many personal questions. The principal happened to come by when the student was standing way too close to this teacher despite her attempts to get him to back off. The principal had to literally get in between the two of them and give the student a dressing down! In another case, a boy literally scooped a teacher up in his arms and picked her up off the ground! He had to be commanded to put her down. These are just a few examples that I was personally privy to. There are more.
If a woman is at a vulnerable point in her life: problems in her marriage, lonely and unattached etc, she may be prone to the attention a young, often attractive boy is offering. The student has a kind of "hero" worship of the teacher and he's not coming with the baggage of an adult male who is her peer. He's paying her the attention she's not getting from a more appropriate source. The kid adores her and just wants to have fun. If she doesn't watch out, she'll find herself in a situation she never expected. You'd be surprised at the stories I hear that never make the papers or come to the attention of the media!
Anyhoo...just some of the thoughts that Something Happened brought to mind. Watch it! You know what they say about a pound of prevention...
Oh. And don't think I'm putting the blame on the boy either. I'm not. The adult has to bear the responsibility for making sure situations don't get out of hand. The boy is still a kid and the adult has to be vigilant and not allow herself to get in an inappropriate and indeed criminal situation.