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Why are we seeing more and more of this?
Posted by: McQ on Friday, October 26, 2007

Is it just me or does it seem stories like this are epidemic?
A 25-year-old teacher was arrested Thursday night on charges of statutory rape.

Holly Hatcher, a first year teacher at Gallatin High School, was taken into custody after she admitted to having inappropriate relations with a 17-year-old male Gallatin High School student at her Nashville home.

Police said Hatcher admitted to having sex with the teen on six occasions, four in September and two in October, after he drove to her Donelson home.
Look I know there have been male teachers who've done things like this for years, but I'm speaking mostly of the fact that we hear more and more about female teachers being involved in these sorts of cases.

I can't help but think there's a cultural reason, but I'll be darned if I can put my finger on it.

Theories?
 
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In earlier times, the boys were smart enough not to talk about it?
 
Written By: Tom Crispin
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lol...

I was gonna say "They can’t help but brag and put pics on their myspace?"
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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I can’t help but think there’s a cultural reason, but I’ll be darned if I can put my finger on it.
Problem is too many people are putting their finger on it.
 
Written By: tom scott
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Maybe I’m weird, but I read these stories and think "Statutory rape laws are kind of silly."

If I were king of the world, I’d require a little more nuance. The younger party would have be under a certain age (I’d make it 16, not 18), there’d have to be a significant gap between the ages of the parties (no more of this "18-year-old prosecuted for sex with 17 year-old girlfriend"), and there’d have to be good evidence of coercion, swindling or other circumstances that suggest it wasn’t a free choice. It wouldn’t be the same standard as proving a simple rape, but it wouldn’t be a strict liability offense either.
 
Written By: Linus
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According to a very interesting article at Slate last year, the issue isn’t that it is occurring more these days. It’s that we hear about it. From the article:
Sex offenses by women aren’t increasing. Female offenders are going to jail.
There’s actually a little research put into the article, so it’s worth a read before the knee is allowed to jerk.
 
Written By: Wulf
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It is a cultural thing. You can’t put your finger on it because it’s a thousand small changes. Like a "drop in a bucket" but the drops eventually fill the bucket.
 
Written By: Rick
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There’s actually a little research put into the article, so it’s worth a read before the knee is allowed to jerk.
Yeah, except it tends to wander off into the general population (and you’re right to say "a little research"). Maybe I should be more explicit ... why are we seeing so many female teachers going to jail for having sex with their students?
 
Written By: McQ
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"why are we seeing so many female teachers going to jail for having sex with their students?"

Perhaps because at that age the system hasn’t quite had a chance to totally eliminate the students’ masculinity?
 
Written By: timactual
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I suspect that it’s partly because lots of people, some of them lawyers for accused males, started asking "Why do we treat a boy seduced by a female teacher as a rite of passage but throw male teachers in jail? Couldn’t be a sexist double standard, could it? Wouldn’t be unequal justice under the law? Welcome to the downside of the equality you asked for, ladies."
 
Written By: SDN
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Boys like to brag about conquests (real or imagined). Had I been lucky enough to nail that beautiful creature trying to teach me science, I would have told everyone I knew. Nobody would have believed me. Of course I am pushing (hard) 60 so I went to school in a different time and space.
 
Written By: Paden Cash
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The short answer to your question is ... busybodies and crybabies.
The longer, more nuanced answer is outside the scope of a comments thread.
 
Written By: Uncle Kenny
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"why are we seeing so many female teachers going to jail for having sex with their students?"

There was a time when scandals were more likely to be buried - teachers would resign in exchange for a favorable recommendation at their next job, "out of state". One of my colleagues has expressed deep guilt today for not having spoken up when she was aware of such a deal being made to a colleague early during her teaching career.

That was also a time when local authorities were less likely to think of that teenage boy as a victim of a crime. My guess would be that these two things account for most of the difference.
 
Written By: Wulf
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That was also a time when local authorities were less likely to think of that teenage boy as a victim of a crime. My guess would be that these two things account for most of the difference.
I think your explanation is as good as any and it certainly points to a cultural change of some sort.

You know, there’s an old myth about dads in the past taking their sons to the local lady of the night to, uh, give them their first introduction to sex.

Now, I certainly didn’t have a dad like that, nor do I know of any of my friends who were ever introduced to sex in that manner, but it was a persistent myth, and to me it spoke of a time when the whole process was thought of a little differently ... a whole different culture if you will. These same dads would supposedly kill the first guy who came sniffing around their little girl.

So yeah, suddenly we have teenage boys, 17 year old teenage boys, considered children (never mind the fact that he’s been trying to manage this since he was 13 or 14) and we treat this as a crime now and not a social disgrace (a criminal problem not a shaming problem).
 
Written By: McQ
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I can’t help but think there’s a cultural reason, but I’ll be darned if I can put my finger on it.
Wulf hits most of it. The rest is some sort of offshoot of the Feminization of America.
 
Written By: Bithead
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Cultural theories:
1) the caliber of the women who seek out teaching as a profession has diminished - it’s been a gradual process. Of course, many talented, accomplished women do in fact pursue teaching credentials.
2) the postponement of marriage and child-rearing among young adults and the resulting protracted adolescense.
3) the mainstreaming of porn - it’s okay to sexualize youth and be sexualized as a youth.

The emotional immaturity and narcissm of the women who have bedded teenage boys is quite pronounced...how did they ever get hired to work with youths?

 
Written By: yolanda
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Found a much different picture of her...

http://www.trevecca.edu/athletics/softball/bios/holly.hatcher.html

I’m thinking if I was 17 and made a pass at a teacher my parents would have hung me. Today...

New teacher, just out of college... I’d not be suprised if it wasn’t the "victim" who initiated this.
 
Written By: Ryan
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Teenagers bragged as much then as they do now when it comes to something like this so I think it still would have leaked out.

The problem is the partly the sexualization of youth as was mentioned. But that connected to another issue. Over the past 30 years, the media has focused on increasingly younger people. Finally settling on the mid to late teens. Its portrayed as if that’s the best it ever gets and its all downhill from there.

Combine that with absolutely no emphasis on gaining maturity and its no surprise some people get stuck in their teens.
 
Written By: jpm100
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Why so much back and forth about this?

The answer is simple.

It’s Bush’s fault.

Same as for everything else that ills this nation!
 
Written By: shark
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I think Wulf hits it right on!

Even more interesting is paradox coming from this statement by McQ
we treat this as a crime now and not a social disgrace
When on the other hand the same children/adults are (some times) treated as adults in the judicial system if they are the perpetrators…
 
Written By: Jon Herstad
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The private school I went to hired a brand new science teacher one year. She showed up early to bring stuff into her classroom. She was 25ish and could easily pass for 17. The football team was doing August practice at the time, and one of the players saw the young thing in gym shorts and a T-shirt and asked her out. She turned him down.

The look on his face when we walked into our chemistry class a week later when school started was priceless....
 
Written By: SDN
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Personally, I’d make statutory rape laws simpler: no sex for anyone under the age of 18. None of this "it’s OK if they’re both 16, but if there’s a 5 year difference and one is 16 it’s OK, but if there’s a 5 year difference and one’s 13, it’s not" namby-pamby crap. Set an age. Any sex before that birthday is statutory rape and you go to jail or Juvi, depending on your age.
 
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