Public perception of teachers sexual misconduct: does the sex of the teacher make a difference?

Kristina Frketic, Patricia Easteal

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Abstract

We first identified that in recent sexual misconduct matters, female teachers received lighter sentences than their male counterparts. Could this be a reflection of community attitudes that minimize the criminality of a female teacher having sexual relations with a male student who is under the age of consent? Research in sexual assault has shown that to some extent judges’ decision-making may be unconsciously and implicitly affected by gender and sex myths and in their assessment of harm. To test this explanation for the relative leniency in sentencing women teachers, we conducted a small ‘community’ survey. We found evidence of gendered views about sexual misconduct. There is increased likelihood that the conduct is regarded as more serious if the student is female given a perception that the female experiences more negative impacts. Greater blame is placed on a male teacher who has a sexual relationship with a female student.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-146
Number of pages5
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Volume35
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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