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CT Babysitter's Rape: Why Do Women Prey on Teens?

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on August 12, 2011 6:55 AM

A 20-year-old babysitter raped at 14-year-old boy in her care, according to authorities. The Connecticut babysitter, Loni Bouchard, is now facing charges of sexual assault.

Bouchard allegedly assaulted the boy after giving him some alcohol. She is also facing charges of illegal purchase of liquor.

Bouchard was released on a $1,000 bond, according to ABC News.

Bouchard's case is not the only news of older women sexually assaulting younger teens.

Why do older women prey on teens? Of course, the answer to that is steeped in the scenario, the perpetrator of the crime, and is very dependent on the individual at hand.

But, the Canadian Children's Rights Council posits that many female sexual abuse perpetrators have lower self esteem, have poor social skills, are antisocial, and have other traits like mental health problems, fear of rejection, and mood disorders. Researchers have also found that women are more likely to use verbal coercion instead of physical force when perpetrating sexual assaults.

There is no indication yet on what happened between Bouchard and the boy she is accused of sexually assaulting. Authorities say that the mother of the boy, who she had been babysitting for about six months, called police after she learned of the incident. Bouchard and the boy were in a consensual sexual relationship.

But, most statutory rape laws are strict liability in the sense that it does not matter if the child consented to the sexual acts. It's still illegal for an adult to engage in sexual activity with a minor.

Thus, the babysitter's rape, while consisting of consensual sex, was still against the law. The Connecticut babysitter is now due to go back in court in mid-August to face the charges, according to ABC News.

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