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Data show that females are typically young when they commit sexual offenses.

Demographic research on female sexual offenders reports on average an age range of

offenders being in their 20s to 30s (Faller 1987, 1995; Ferguson and Meehan 2005;

Finkelhor, Williams and Burns 1988; Lewis and Stanley 2000; Miccio-Fonesca 2000;

Nathan and Ward 2001, 2002; Oliver 2007; Sandler and Freeman 2007; Vandiver, Dial

and Worley 2008; Vandiver and Kercher 2004; Vandiver and Walker 2002). However,

some studies document girls perpetrating sexual offenses from the age of 4 years old

(Johnson 1989) to women of 70 years (Finkelhor, Williams and Burns 1988; Margolin

1991).

The majority of research on female sexual offenders has reported most offenders

to be Caucasian (Faller 1987, 1995; Ferguson and Meehan 2005; Lewis and Stanley

2000; Oliver 2007; Rosencrans 1997; Sandler and Freeman 2007; Vandiver, Dial and

Worley 2008; Vandiver and Kercher 2004; Vandiver and Walker 2002). Vandiver and

Kercher (2004) examined offender and victim characteristics of female sexual offenders

registered in Texas. The authors reported that twelve percent (N=56) were African

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American whereas eighty-eight percent (N=415) were reported to be Caucasian (sample

size = 471 cases).

Few studies have documented female sexual offenders’ marital status at the time

of offending. Faller (1995) examined 72 female sexual offenders undergoing treatment

for the abuse of a total of 332 children. The Interdisciplinary Project on Child Abuse and

Neglect (IPCAN) and the Family Assessment Clinic (FAC) are organizations that are

concerned with child welfare, including: research, training, and clinical assessments.

IPCAN-FAC provided Faller (1995) with their sample of 72 female offenders from

Michigan and Ohio states as well as Ontario.1

Demographic characteristics show 27 of

the women (37.5%) were married, 23 (32%) were single, 12 (16.7%) were living with a

partner, 6 (8.3%) were divorced, 3 (4.2%) were separated, and 1 (1.4%) was widowed.

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