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A new tool in the fight against pedophiles


 

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Poland has a new tool in its fight against pedophiles—chemical castration. A new law states that men convicted of raping a child under 15 or a close relative can be forced to take libido-lowering medication, even after their sentence has been served. The law came into effect June 8 after being passed in Poland’s parliament last September. Prime Minister Donald Tusk first raised the issue in 2008, when Poles were shocked by the case of a man who had allegedly imprisoned his daughter for six years, raping her repeatedly and fathering two children. At the time, Tusk angered human rights groups by saying, “I don’t believe that such individuals, such creatures, can be called human. In this case one can’t even argue on behalf of human rights.”

Drugs such as leuprorelin (also used in the treatment of prostrate cancer) suppress the production of testosterone in men, thereby lowering sex drive. Though Poland is the first country to make it mandatory, chemical castration is currently used in other European countries like Sweden, France and Germany. It’s also used in Canada, where sex offenders can be required to take medication as a condition of their parole, though they aren’t obligated to continue once they’ve completed their sentence.


 

Pedophiles on drugs

  1. It seems to me that this is more about politics than about either science or the public good. Only a percentage of sex assault is about sex – much of it is about power, and some strictly about sadism. And I doubt those have much to do with testosterone.

    And this won't even touch the very real, but very rarely discussed, issue of female sexual predators – which are much much more common than our politically correct public discourse allows for. http://www.female-offenders.com

    Frankly, I'd like to see some evidence of efficacy here. Otherwise all it does is lull the population into complacency when it hasn't impacted the problem.

    • No evidence? Feel-good, reactionary justice policy? Quick, someone call the PMO… Harper's going to eat this up with a spoon!

  2. New? To whom? This option has been available since the 1960s, if not earlier. And research looking at it's effectiveness in the 70s and 80s left no doubt that it just doesn't work.

  3. According to my biological psychology textbook, castration does work for certain sexual disorders, such as pedophilia.

    From Brain and Behavior (Garret, 2009)
    "Castration is an extreme therapy; drugs that counter the effects of androgens (a class of hormones responsible for a number of male characteristics and functions) are a more attractive alternative. Those that block the production of the androgen testosterone, the major sex hormone in males, have been 80% to 100% effective in eliminating deviant sexual behavior such as exhibitionism and pedophilia along with sexual fantasies and urges (A. Rosler & Witztum, 1998; Thibaut, Cordier, & Kuhn, 1996)"

    Of course, in terms of pedophiles you have a few options. You can:

    A) Use castration or chemical castration which seems to solve most of the problem.
    B) Lock them up forever at the mercy of psychologists until they deem you to have the "capacity to manage their sexual deviance".
    C) Simply accept the fact that some will re-offend.

    Frankly, I think option A is more humane to offender.

  4. This is very interesting. It seems to me that if someone has a serious problem with disordered urges like this, has seriously hurt people by failing to control their impulses, and understands that they can eliminate the urge with a pill, they'd want to use it…. unless, of course, they genuinely prefer to hurt people. In which case lock them up.

  5. It is commonly agreed upon in the mental health community that the majority of sexual offenders act not out of sexual desire, but in an effort to display dominance over their victim. Many offenders were themselves victimized earlier in their life. I'm not stating that as an apologist for their actions, but as evidence that could suggest that an immasculated sex offender might actually be more likely to act out against future victims as a way to "reclaim" power which has been taken first by their own attacker and later by the state. The worrisome idea here is that without libido / sexual ability they might, in frustration, resort to even more brutal tactics of victimization and dominance. This needs to be watched carefully.