The plethora of feminine lecturers charged with sexual misconduct with their male college students is now such a standard information headline that playwright Linda Felton Steinbaum was compelled to put in writing her new play, Mustang Sally, which addresses the intriguing similarities of the households of the perpetrators. “To say these households are dysfunctional is an understatement,” says Linda. “And so a lot of them! It is surprising how younger nearly all of the victims are. Most assume that if a feminine instructor finds herself in an inappropriate relationship with an underage boy, he should be very mature and manly. Not so. Virtually fifty p.c of those boys are 13 or youthful.”
Los Angeles Theatre audiences have been barraged with headlines and information tales of feminine lecturers and sex crimes similar to: Joan Marie Sladky with a 16-year outdated, Lakina Stutts, age 40 with a 14 12 months outdated scholar, Deana Bobo 37, sex with 14 12 months outdated, Bethany Sherrill 24 with 14 12 months outdated, Susan Eble 35 — 14 12 months outdated, Tara Lynn Crisp 29 — 14 12 months outdated, Debra LaFave with a 14 12 months outdated boy, Kelly Lynn Dalecki 28 with 13 12 months outdated boy, Sherry Brians 41– with a 12 12 months outdated, Pamela Turner 27 — 13 12 months outdated boy, Mary Kay Letourneau was 34 when she had sex with a 12 12 months outdated, Carol Flannigan 50 — 11 12 months outdated former scholar – and we dare not omit Laura Lynn Findlay who pleaded responsible to 22 counts of legal sexual exercise with eighth grade band college students! That makes every sufferer round age 13. The checklist appears countless – all have been lecturers.
Linda studied the household construction of feminine lecturers who discover themselves concerned in sexual misconduct (statutory rape) with their male college students. In response to Harry Krop, a licensed psychologist in Gainesville, FL, “The motivation for grownup ladies who kind a sexual relationship with boys is totally different than males who develop relationships with women. Males who’ve sex with women are likely to have sexual problems, similar to pedophilia. However for ladies, it isn’t concerning the sex, however moderately the romance. It is extra of a should be desired, to have somebody discover them enticing and the necessity for consideration,” Krop stated in a Gainesville Solar article of 11-17-2005.
“Although the dynamics for feminine vs. male offenders are totally different, it is nonetheless against the law if the boy is underage, even when the sex is consensual,” says Ms. Steinbaum. “Boys are sometimes confused by messages they see in films, TV and the media. They get the repetitive message that if they’re introduced with a possibility to have sex, they’re in some way required to conform to show their masculinity. That is much more complicated if the supply comes from a lady in authority.”
Krop agrees. He says, “A sexual relationship with an older girl additionally causes long-term issues for the younger (male) sufferer. These victims are likely to have extra psychological harm than younger women,” Krop stated. “They’ve boundary points and intimacy issues. They’re often weak, and girls search for that.”
“We have to shield our sons in addition to our daughters,” says Linda. “It disturbs me that this may be so simply dismissed by society, particularly as a result of it is taking place extra typically than you may suppose. College boards must put critical deterrents in place to discourage different feminine lecturers who may discover themselves ‘drawn’ to their younger male college students.”
Prime theatrical director Arturo Castillo has been secured to steer the world premiere manufacturing of Mustang Sally. Arturo has directed in lots of massive Fairness venues together with the Nationwide Theatre in London. We’re very excited to have a director with Arturo’s expertise dedicated to this manufacturing. I’ve labored with Arturo earlier than and, like me, he’s most enthusiastic about new theatrical items which have a well timed message and might make an actual distinction in society.