A former Texas middle-school teacher who was impregnated by a 13-year-old student has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.Alexandria Vera, 25, was facing up to 30 years behind bars after pleading guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child in November. She admitted to police that a relationship that started with Instagram messages between her and the boy blossomed into a romance — one that the boy’s family approved of.
The language of the headline, of course, says that she “had sex” with a 13 year old student. Because that’s what women do. They have sex with minors. Men? They assault, molest, and rape. Women? They “have sex with” and “have inappropriate relationships” with or “inappropriate contact” with minors.
And every story frames it the same way, often with the headlines referring to an “ongoing sexual relationship” and “a relationship.”