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One-Fourth of Female Drug Offenders Report Police Sexual Misconduct: Study

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A study of female drug offenders in the St. Louis area finds one-quarter report experiencing police sexual misconduct, MedicalXpress reports.

The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, included 318 women who were supervised by a probation or parole officer for a non-violent offense. The women completed surveys led by trained interviewers, the article notes.

“It’s important that the police force acknowledges that sexual misconduct may exist among the force, so that it can be stopped and eventually prevented,” lead investigator Linda B. Cottler of the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, said in a news release.

One-quarter of women in the study said they had a lifetime history of police sexual misconduct. Of these women, 96 percent said they had sex with an officer who was on duty, and 24 percent said they had sex with an officer while the officer’s partner or another officer was present.

The study also found 54 percent of the women said the officer offered favors in exchange for sex, such as to avoid arrest, or being charged with a crime; 87 percent said officers kept their promises. About one-third of women who said they experienced police sexual misconduct described the encounter as rape.

An estimated 1.3 million American women were incarcerated or under correctional supervision in 2009, up from 600,000 in 1990, the article notes.

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    dave / December 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Not at all surprising but they focused on the wrong group. Female druggies are often skinnier than the average woman and (despite ill kept appearances otherwise) thus more attractive in “some” cases.

    What if instead of focusing on drug offenders they focused on all attractive women? However, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they were only claiming sexual misconduct because they have an ingrained hatred of law enforcement and want to paint officers in a bad light. Remember, these are women who ARE convicted offenders so they do have an axe to grind. Maybe that axe is the time they weren’t offered sex in exchange for avoiding arrest, not the times they were offered and chose that if it even happened at all. Accusations of misconduct are very, VERY commonly made up fiction by criminals who want to blame everyone but themselves for the situation they’re in.

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