Woman, 22, is jailed for cannabis-fuelled sex sessions with 14-year-old boy after judge is told she deliberately got pregnant to avoid prison

An interesting case reported in the Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2372319/Woman-22-jailed-cannabis-fuelled-sex-sessions-14-year-old-boy-judge-told-deliberately-got-pregnant-avoid-prison.html

Even leaving aside the obvious point that a 22-year-old man who committed the same crime against a 14-year-old girl would have received a much longer prison sentence, there are some interesting aspects to this case. One is the relentless narrative of women not being responsible for their actions, as espoused by her defence counsel:

Ben Pegman, mitigating, said: ‘She has been  in a relationship for six months and would take issue with the proposition she  puts it before the court to avoid custody.

‘The sentencing guidelines greatly alarm her.  She is of previous good character. I suspect the court will never see this lady  again. My plea is to ask you to suspend any custodial sentence.

‘She now realises he didn’t have sufficient maturity, more than that, that it was unlawful. She simply hadn’t thought it through. It hadn’t gone through her head at the time.

‘Clearly, there is an acceptance from the  defendant that her behaviour was wrong. As to how much insight she has got into  that, I think, it is a moot point.’

Can you imagine a defence counsel saying of a man in this position, seeking to suspend a custodial sentence, ‘It hadn’t gone through his head at the time’? The defence counsel is clearly saying the woman was amoral, and should be treated leniently as a result.

The second interesting aspect is that the girl apparently became pregnant (by a new boyfriend) in the expectation of avoiding a custodial sentence, lending credence to the thesis that women play the ‘child card’ to avoid being punished in the same manner as men. To his credit, by jailing her, the judge didn’t respond as she expected he would:

Judge Bourne-Arton told her: ‘You knew  perfectly well that which you were doing was wrong. I am quite sure it was you  who carried out the initiative. There are worrying signs you have failed to  completely appreciate what impact what you did has had on him… there are  deeply worrying factors in your case.’

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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