Where prey can be predator

cottlefarchioneSentinel & Enterprise
Thomas Cottle, School of Education
Todd Farchione, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders

When former middle-school teacher Mary Kay Letourneau made headlines in 1997 for being accused and then convicted of having sex with a 12-year-old male student, such cases — especially ones in which a female teacher was the perpetrator — were nearly unheard of…

Expert quotes:

Cottle:

“Fortunately, these profound changes in the way the majority of Americans look at sexuality and the care of a child have changed so much for the better.”

Farchione:

“I think a lot of society has this preconception, this idea of men as being much more willing participants in sexual relationships. I think it’s a misconception.”

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