“The power imbalance between men and women may influence the way society regards statutory rapists.”
A Utah woman is accused of joining in on a birthday party with underage teens in which she drank with minors, provided lap dances and even wore risque lingerie, CBS affiliate KUTV reported Tuesday.
Rhianna Renae Nivens, a 40-year-old mother, took part in a raucous gathering at her Harrisville home in February that involved at least 12 minors ranging in age from 14 to 17, law enforcement officials said.
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Nivens was reportedly aware that the minors were drinking and smoking marijuana. She even took part in the imbibing of alcohol.
Eventually, Nivens decided to take the party to the next level, according to court documents. At one point she reportedly went upstairs to put on red and black lingerie, which exposed her breasts and genitalia.
She “danced sexually” for approximately 10 minutes and treated several teens to lap dances, which were recorded on video.
Nivens now faces four felony counts of dealing in harmful material to a minor by an adult, four misdemeanor counts of lewdness and four misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
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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