"Boys are not supposed to be victims," he said. "The question invites a raging debate. The reality is there may be some differences in the intrinsic characteristics of males and females or gender roles in our society."
According to the Rape, Abuse and Assault National Network (RAINN), one in 33 boys is a victim of sexual abuse. While abuse is difficult for boys and girls, males tend to have additional challenges.
"It calls into question their masculinity," said Scott Berkowitz, president and founder of RAINN. "It raises sexual identity issues. A lot who are abused by men ask if it makes them gay. If in some way they found the abuse physically pleasurable it conflicts with their overall sense of shame and guilt."
To molest a child is "a decision, an act of free will," said Berkowitz. "Nothing in your past makes you do anything terrible."
As for claims by Zach Tomaselli that he was a victim while facing charges of molestation himself, Berkowitz said, "I can understand why he would want to do it."
"People who commit violent crimes look for any reason to reduce their culpability and look for excuses for why they shouldn't be punished," Berkowitz said. "I don't mean to sound harsh, but trying to pass the blame onto someone else – this is all about person responsibility and the action he took."
The Associated Press has reported that Tomaselli had pleaded not guilty to 11 charges of molestation in the case, but now says that he will plead guilty.