Women who molest children.
E. L. Rowan, J. B. Rowan and P. Langelier,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
18(1): 79-83, 1990.
In only nine of approximately 600 cases of child molestation in New Hampshire and Vermont was
the perpetrator found to be a woman. Case histories and some testing data show a history of sexual
assault as a child, frequent offense in the company of a dominant male partner, and a major
disinhibition as a result of severe character disorder or limited intelligence. These factors not only
interfered with maternal bonding and nurturing behavior but also contributed to suspension of
judgment about the appropriateness of sexual contact with children.