Over the past years between then and now, females have been able to achieve a big number of achievements for themselves. With the women’s rights movement, among other successful efforts, some would assume that guys would begin to understand and give more respect for the female population.
Males still hold the mentality that females are in the world for their own sexual fulfillment, consensual or not. Research have shown that adolescence in the juvenile justice system, mainly young women, report higher amount of sexual abuse than their nonoffending peers. The purpose of this paper is to explore how females can be victimized easily and eventually lead them into criminal offending. While I was researching I found that a history of sexual abuse is the most notable predictor of relapse for youths, mainly female offenders, and not really for males. In Chapter 1 a woman named Janet who is a 28-year old black woman have been sexually assaulted by her own family members. Her first encounter was by her female babysitter at the age of three or four. The assault continued to the age of fourteen when her step-father was the last one to sexually assault her.
To escape all the sexual abuse from her family, Janet ran away from home at the age of 14 and became involved in prostitution. Janet would later find a partner that used drugs heavily and eventually got her involved as well. When it comes to female using drugs there might be some that don’t think much of it and just assume woman use and solicit drugs for the same purpose as males.
Except I discovered that females actually have their own reasons why they get involved with drugs. One reason I found is so they can feel obliterated from the reality of their job. So in other words, they use drugs to feel high so they won’t feel like they are physically part of the disgusting job.
Another reason is there might be women living in a street life and drugs offered them control over their economic lives and additional benefits beyond supporting personal consumption. A certain idea in the ways the women presented themselves was as caretakers. Sometimes caretaking was a reason for the original entry into illegal work, other times illegal work was recognized as an essential integral of a caretaking role. An example of a woman who clearly defined her illegal work as one idea of traditional female role responsibilities is Lois, a 37-year old woman. It all started when her father physically and sexually abused her when she was just 14. When she turned 17 years-old she fell in love with a male drug addict and moved out to escape her abusive father.
Even though Lois did not like drugs at all, she still used them just so she can stay with him. The more she used the more she got addicted. In order to support their shared addiction, Lois decided to participate in prostitution to get their earnings. At the age of 37 Lois was in her fifth addicted and bettering relationship, again supplying money for her partner’s drugs from her illegal work. The main reason why Lois did all this was so she can feel protected from her partner. If only she did his dirty work then the man will protect the woman. To wrap this up I’m just going to say, People in this world view woman as the weaklings and they have to have the man to protect them.
That is why it comes as a surprise to some of us when we see a woman rob a bank or just flat out killing someone. Despite countless differences between male and female offending, many of the dominant causes are still similar, and many, such as victimization, have roots that continues into childhood. The most efficient policies for condensing juvenile crime will be those that cultivate development in a safe environment throughout childhood. Active prevention and cure programs for women offenders must respond to their different mental health needs.
Finally, it should be identified that female offenders are likely to desire continued help long after their entanglement with the juvenile justice system. Without the help, these offenders may not be able to dodge passing on their legacy to future generations.