Not many women sexually abuse kids, why is it mostly men?

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It is a misconception that the percentage of girls who have been sexually  abused is far larger than the number of boys who have faced the same. According to research, around 20% of boys face sexual abuse before they turn 18 while the same for girls is close to 25%. Society, with the notion that males are stronger and can take care of themselves, makes it very difficult for boys who have been sexually abused to come forward and tell others about it.

Recent studies also show that women are only considered to be victims of sexually abuse and not the perpetrators as society and in turn the courts often take the cases of women who are convicted for sexually abuse boys more lightly. A man indulging in the same crime would have to face a punishment that is much harsher than a women though the emotional impact on the victim, whether a girl or a boy is the same.