I’ve said it before, there is no “type” of person who sexually abuses children, nor a “type” they are always safe with, and that includes adult females.
Dr Sullivan suspects the reluctance of victims to report abuse by women is one possible reason for this discrepancy. “Our experience is that victims of female perpetrators tend to be less likely to come forward,” he said. “They tend to feel as though they’re less likely to be believed.”
“Society does not believe that women really do sexually abuse children,” he said.
“There’s almost a perception that boys should be happy or grateful, or certainly not experiencing sexual contact with females as abusive.”