Sex Offenders: To Castrate or Not To Castrate Essay

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The act of rape is arguably one of the worse crimes that can be committed against another person. In the last few years there has been much debate about whether sex offenders should be castrated either voluntarily or as a forced treatment. There are a number of arguments for and against chemical or surgical castration being implemented against known sex offenders. First it is important to explain the difference between surgical and chemical castration. Surgical castration is the removal of a man’s testicles, for the purpose of removing his reproductive abilities and to control the levels of testosterone being produced. It is questionable if surgical castration results in complete eradication of sexual desires, because the adrenal glands …show more content…
Although chemical castration is not as abrasive and permanent as surgical castration it is still heavily criticized as a possible treatment for sex offenders (Harrison, 2007). Although both forms of castration are viewed as barbaric, there are some arguments in favor of it. The most obvious one, being the fact it does lower levels of sexual desire in sex offenders. Literature shows low levels of testosterone, also allow the offender to feel more relaxed and passive, which enables them to have better control their violent and aggressive urges. This would allow castrated sex offenders to become contributing members of society (Carpenter, 1998). Another advantage of castration, which is supported by extensive research, shows combining both castration with other types of treatment greatly decreases recidivism risks. One study looked at the recidivism rates of twenty-four men; all were combining chemical castration and another form of therapy. Out of the twenty-four men who started the study only one participant committed a violent sex crime two and a half years later. The crime was committed after the participant withdrew from all forms of treatment. (Rice, and Harris, 2011). One other argument supporting the castration of sex offenders is that the judicial system needs to look at putting the victim before the rights of the offender. Not castrating the offender because of moral reasons is a weak argument. The victim

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