“I’ve been portrayed as this fat, old predator rather than actually quite a sexy young lassie who had consensual sex with somebody one week from his 16th birthday.”
In a shocking interview with a British tabloid this week, the 38-year-old winner of a U.K. reality television show defended having sex with a former friend’s 15-year-old son by saying the underage schoolboy was “no victim” and comparing him to a “stripper” in his enthusiasm for their dalliance.
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Lucy Haughey told Metro that even though having sex with the boy was “illegal” and “wrong,” she is not a pedophile, and the boy is not a victim. The former contestant on Channel 4’s “Come Dine With Me,” who avoided jail time for the incident after a court instead ordered her in 2017 to register as a sex offender and perform community service, said the boy’s mother “coached” him into portraying her as an abuser – a label she vehemently rejects.
According to The Daily Record, Haughey arranged the tryst in June of 2016 by sending the boy a Facebook message inviting him over to her home.
“In the statement, it said I removed his clothing. Believe me, he was throwing it off like a stripper,” she said. “There were things that he did that a victim would not do.”
“I’ve been portrayed as this fat, old predator rather than actually quite a sexy young lassie who had consensual sex with somebody one week from his 16th birthday,” Haughey added.
The mother of three, who told Metro that her friend’s son “didn’t look like a child,” insinuated that she was the real victim in the scandal. “I was just an idiot after being alone and lost and a victim of abuse myself,” she said.
Haughey claimed that she is being assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from domestic abuse, which affected her “sense of right or wrong.”
“I just went looking for affection, attention, love and acceptance,” she said. “[The boy] was one of many men at the time. He wasn’t special, I didn’t groom him up. He was just another guy.”
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Growing social awareness regarding sexual misconduct and harassment has left the abuse of young men by women under the radar, leading some to resent the seeming double standard. Of course others, generally speaking, disagree …
Honestly how many men applaud boys losing their virginity to older women.. Teachers and the like? "I wish I had a teacher like that when I was in school" Sound familiar?
— ThokozileX (@TheFinalDayze) January 6, 2019
Writing for Salon in June of 2008 about the phenomenon of older female teachers having sex with their younger students, Carol Lloyd suggested the purported double-standard has to do with “how the power imbalance between men and women may influence the way society regards statutory rapists.”
A study published in the Journal of Social Psychology in 2011 tested the theory that “male teachers are judged more harshly than female teachers for engaging in heterosexual intercourse with a student” and found that “a reverse sexual double standard was revealed, in which participants judged situations involving male teachers more harshly than they judged situations involving female teachers, but only when the sexual contact was teacher-initiated.”
There is arguably a dark side to society’s nonchalant attitude toward the statutory rape of underage boys. Last year, 18-year-old Corbin Madison was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot after being molested by a married teacher who was convicted of having sex with four underage boys.
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