7 Whittier J. Child. & Fam. Advoc. 145 (2007-2008)
Simply Sexual: The Discrepancy in Treatment between Male and Female Sex Offenders

handle is hein.journals/wjcfad7 and id is 149 raw text is: SIMPLY SEXUAL: THE DISCREPANCY IN
TREATMENT BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE SEX
OFFENDERS
Alisa Graham*
INTRODUCTION
Sexual activity between adolescents and adults is not a
phenomenon new to modem times.1 This type of behavior can be
traced back well into history.2 What has changed in recent decades is
the genders of those engaged in the conduct. Traditionally, when one
thinks of an adult and an adolescent engaging in sexual activity, the
image of an adult male and a teenage/prepubescent girl comes to mind.
However, in recent years, there has been a number of sexual abuse
cases involving adult women and adolescent males.
Lisa Zuniga admitted to having a sexual relationship with her 13-
year-old male student.3 Dawn Reiser was convicted of having sex with
a male student of the same age.4 Sarah Bench-Salorio was charged and
pled guilty to 29 counts of lewd acts with her 11-year-old male
student.5 Debra LaFave pled guilty to having sexual intercourse with
* J.D. Candidate, Whittier Law School, May 2009; Research Editor, Whittier
Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. I would like to dedicate this article to my
Mother, Cecelia; without her love and constant support I wouldn't have made it this
far. Also to my Sister, Heather, who has been my biggest cheerleader and advocate in
everything that I have done. Lastly, my fiance, Eli, who has taught me to strive for
nothing but the best and has shown me a love that I didn't know existed.
1. Kay L. Levine, No Penis, No Problem, 33 Fordham Urb. L.J. 357,357 (2006).
2. Id.
3. Rad Sallee, Pregnant Teacher Pleads Guilty to Having Sex With Boy, Hous.
Chron. A 34 (Jan. 25, 2003).
4. Tarrant Co. Crim. Dist. Atty.'s Office, News Headlines: Catholic School
Teacher Convicted  of  Sexually  Abusing  Student, http://www.tarrantda.com/
headlines.htn#Catholic_ (last accessed Nov. 23, 2006) [hereinafter Teacher
Convicted].
5. Cornel Bonca, Hot for Teacher, O.C. Wkly., http://www.ocweekly.com/news/
news/hot-for-teacher/24343/ (Jan. 12, 2006).
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