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The stereotypical sexual abuse suspect is male. But as a recent Arizona case may demonstrate, women of all ages can commit sexual assault as well.
Arizona mother Susan Brock, 48 and her daughter, Rachel Brock, 21, are facing serious and strange sexual abuse charges.
According to police, the two women separately sexually abused a young boy over a period of years from the time he was 13 to 16 year old. Rachel Brock is charged with three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of furnishing obscene materials to a minor. Mother Susan Brock was arrested in October on 15 child-abuse counts, the United Press International reports.
Apparently the two had no idea of each other's actions.
Police say Rachel Brock sent nude photos, videos of herself masturbating, and other "sexting" materials. Police do not allege that either of them had sexual intercourse with the victim, who is now age 17. His identity has not been released because he is a minor.
Sexual assault is a general phrase used for the crime of subjecting a person to sexual touching that is unwanted and offensive. Sexual assault includes such actions as child sexual abuse, rape, attempted rape, incest, exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene behavior directed at another person, fondling, molesting and sexual harassment.
All of the alleged abuse occurred while Susan Brock was married to Fulton Brock, a Maricopa County Supervisor. Fulton Brock said that he was getting a divorce, but would stand by his daughter.