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Number of 'female pedophiles' in UK increased dramatically after police started recording crimes by gender identity

At least 16 regional police forces in the UK record suspects’ sex on the basis of gender identity, leaving no way of knowing whether the large increase is due to an increase in female offenders or those identifying as women.

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The number of female pedophiles in the U.K. appears to be rising dramatically, but there is a crucial piece of information that is being overlooked. That is that many police forces around the U.K. are now recording crimes based on self-declared gender identity rather than the material reality of biological sex, leaving some to question the validity of the data.  

Between 2015 and 2019, the number of cases reported to police of female-perpetrated child sex abuse in the U.K. increased by 84 percent, according to a report by the BBC. These figures were discussed in a 35-minute BBC Radio 4 segment, but at no point during the broadcast did anyone mention the possibility that many of the female pedophiles were very likely to be male. 

This very point was raised during a parliamentary debate at the time by Labour MP Tonia Antoniazzi, who stressed the need for “accurate records of the biological sex of the victims and the perpetrators of crime, in addition to data on the gender identity of victims and perpetrators.” 

Given the fact that at least 16 regional police forces in the UK “record suspects’ sex on the basis of gender identity,” Antoziazzi pointed out there was no way of knowing whether the “large increase is due to an increase in female offenders or those identifying as women, and that detail matters.” 

But the BBC, in the Women Who Abuse program, chose not to even consider that possible cause, instead suggesting the increase could be down to “better reporting and a growing awareness.” 

Women make up such a tiny minority of sex offense convictions, so any misrecording of the sex of the perpetrator can skew the data very quickly. Antoniazzi said during the debate that “where offense categories are very rarely committed by women, the addition of just one or two people can have a significant impact on data.”

Recently released UK census data revealed that the number of trans-identified male inmates serving sentences for sex offenses is far higher than the number of non-trans-identified male inmates, meaning that either males who identify as women are far more likely to be sex offenders, or that sex offenders are using gender self-identification as a loophole to either gain access to victims or be transferred to women’s prisons.

There has been a growing trend in recent years of male sex offenders coming out as “women” after being convicted and sentenced for their crimes. This has coincided with legislation that allows inmates to be housed according to their self-declared gender identity. Serial child sex offender Brandy Wood is just one of many examples of this phenomenon. Wood was convicted of sexually abusing a teenage girl online and has since requested transfer to Connecticut’s only women’s prison, claiming to be an “intersex” woman. Wood’s biological sex is registered as "female" on the state’s sex offender registry.
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