Should all child sex offenders be chemically castrated?

Have a listen to this. It’s a anonymous interview from the BBC’s Europe Today with a sex offender who’s been chemically castrated. He talks openly about how it’s affected him physically and emotionally.


As you listen, let us know if you think his case convinces you that certain types of sex offenders should always be chemically castrated?

A number of countries have already introduced this measure – to deal with convicted sex offenders. It was recently made compulsory in Poland for offences involving children.

Now The French National Assembly is the latest country to consider using this treatment.

Are you convinced that it will reduce the threat to children? Should it also be seen as a punishment as well?

24 Responses to “Should all child sex offenders be chemically castrated?”

  1. 1 steve
    November 17, 2009 at 17:24

    There are female pedophiles too, and you cannot chemically castrate them. This would violate equal protection of the laws if it’s only applied to men.

      November 18, 2009 at 15:53

      Yes, it would be a type of discrimination if you chemically castrated men only…And, nothing for women…Simple solution, looking up for an extended period of time!

      -Dennis Junior-

    November 17, 2009 at 17:45

    It is quite bazzar that people suggest chemical castration and the monitoring of child sex offenders. In many of these cases there is a power scenario at work it is not just physical sexual desire. Child sex offenders, paedophiles we are told by the police are difficult to catch, cunning. Many work in groups using complex website codes, children are afraid to testify and perpetrators may not have previous convictions. Therfore once identified they should live out their lives in secure specially built walled villages.
    These crimes are not bourne of poverty or social circumstance, these hineous crimes are nature itself, it is in their make-up.
    This country fails to protect children, indeed anyone from physical or sexual abuse. In most cases we, our children, are at risk from people already known to the authorities.
    They should not live in normal society ever again, the same would go for violent offenders. Only when these crimes happen to the families of politicians & the judicery will stronger measures ever be taken.

  3. 4 Dinka Aliap Chawul-Kampala,Uganda
    November 17, 2009 at 17:55

    If i were an sex offender caught in such a situation, i’d rather choose to be strangled instead of chem-castration! those who usually commit such a acts maybe moronic & there4 need to be protected by Law not by notorious prosecution like that of Poland,France etc.

  4. November 17, 2009 at 18:12

    This seems about as enlightened as chopping the hands of shoplifters.

  5. 6 Alan in Arizona
    November 17, 2009 at 18:17

    I think it should be a tool for use at a Judges discretion. Mandatory for somethings and a possibility for others. You wouldn’t want it to be mandatory for a 17 years old young man who had been having sex with his almost 16 year old girl friend, just because she may fit the definition of a child and him an adult in some legal systems. We could be destroying a bright future from a responsible individual who maybe a good person able to contribute to society in a productive life.

    But with someone hurting a child in the typical form of sexual abuse, I don’t think chemical castration would be enough. I think physical castration should be an option. If that is not enough to scare an intelligent child sex offender then maybe life termination should be considered for a repeat offender as a potential punishment.

    As you can see, I’d have no tolerance for someone if they touched one of my grandchildren.

  6. 7 Elias
    November 17, 2009 at 18:26

    It is barbaric, inhuman and downright diabolical to chemically castrate a human being regardless of his crime, I wonder who was the lunatic that thought it would be for the good, and that the same offence would not happen again. A person convicted of murder, rather than to put him or her to death would it make more sense to chop of his hands so that he or she does not murder again.

  7. 8 Tara Ballance, Montreal Canada
    November 17, 2009 at 18:41

    When I listened to the interview, I was struck by the clinical language that “Jesse” used while describing his treatment and his hope to have an age-appropriate relationship. He sounded as if he was parroting phrases used by his phychologist, and his voice contained little or no emotion in the early part of the interview.

    When “Jesse” talked about the alternatives to his treatment (and in particular his comment about taking the cost of keeping him in jail and willingly staying in his apartment) then the emotion broke through. He means what he says about wanting to stay out of prison.

    I suspect that he asked for the chemical treatment not because he was bothered by his pedophilic thoughts, but because he was terrified of how he would be treated by other inmates if he were imprisoned.

    It seems to have worked for him, though. Five years without offending is impressive. I hope his success continues.

  8. 9 patti in cape coral
    November 17, 2009 at 18:43

    I’m not sure about this at all. I haven’t listened to the interview yet, will later, but I thought that a lot of pedophilia is about power, and being attracted to innocence, maybe because a child is seen as less threatening than an adult. If that is the case, castration of any kind may take away sexual desire, but that is all, and the pedophile would still be able to harm children. Plenty of damage can be done without a penis.

    Are we sure we cannot chemically castrate female offenders? There is testosterone in the female body that is in part responsible for our sexual drive.

  9. November 17, 2009 at 19:00

    If it is used as a form of punishment and a deterrent to potential offenders, then it might be a good idea. BUT, a forced chemical castration as a form of ‘treatment’ could possibly has the opposite effect. It could lead to frustration n anger at their inability to ‘get it up’, which could well lead to different and more horrible kinds of crimes. The offenders cannot directly offend so they could well physically harm their next victims, cut them up or even kill them. Being forcefully castrated could be a very humiliating thing that could lead to a more disturbed mind. As we got from “Jesse’s” story, he got more from his deep want to get rid of those thoughts and that will power could have had more effect than the drug itself. Has a placebo type of study been made into the effects of the chemicals?

  10. 11 William Rojas
    November 17, 2009 at 19:01

    I agree with that, but what about women? i mean, female pedophiles?, if it would exist something which can do sth equal to both, i would truly agree.

  11. 12 Carole B.
    November 17, 2009 at 20:16

    YES! Sounds like a brilliant idea. Without dramatic repercussions for one’s actions – there is not reason to not commit crimes. This is what is wrong with our society today, the lines between right and wrong are blurred with situational ethics. Perhaps the victims should decide instead of those with outside opinions – leave it up to them.

    The idea that these are not ‘sexual’ crimes but instead violent crimes – it’s a very sexual crime to the victim – ask them! They should vote and decide – and no one else.

  12. 13 Alan in Arizona
    November 17, 2009 at 20:32

    It’s a hard issue to approach. I think every case should be addressed separately. I don’t think a comparison to chopping off the hands for stealing can be made. That’s totally stupid. In the past and now. But sexually abusing a 5 year old, please cut it off and drop them off on a desert isle. As for women, leave them there also. Totally remove them from children for the rest of their lives. I don’t want either in my town and I don’t care about their rights. It’s bad enough having 3 halfway houses within 100 feet of my home for petty criminals.

  13. 14 Julie P
    November 17, 2009 at 20:43

    Women keep getting brought up because chemical castration does not work on them, which brings up the real issue behind sex crimes. It’s not about sex, it’s about psychological power of the most depraved salacious kind.

    • 15 Dennis Junior
      November 19, 2009 at 18:53

      Julie, is on the right track…As (the GSA) I am involved here at Community College remarked about that in a “chat room”……

      =Dennis Junior=

  14. November 17, 2009 at 23:30

    Quite simply, Yes. Whether they can control their urges or not the risk of repeated child abuse is not something that should be allowed. Most are particularly devious. As a child’s life is likely to be badly affected then the paedophile should never be in a position to commit another vile sexual act on a child. There has been a too lax approach against these despicable people and I suspect it may have something to do with the number of paedophiles in supposedly responsible and important positions. Another devious act by those in power this time!

  15. 17 claudine
    November 18, 2009 at 01:43

    Chemical castration only works for as long as the sex offenders take the pills, usually Androcur.
    Androcur contains cyproterone acetate which is a liver toxin. It also contains a chlorine in its molecule making it even unhealthier.
    Basically its nothing for long term usage.

    I recommend real castration. That solves the problem for good.
    First remove one testicle and see if the reduced Testosterone level already does the trick.
    If not, remove the second one, too.

  16. 18 Tom K in Mpls
    November 18, 2009 at 08:29

    Any predatory behavior needs special consideration. Regardless of age or whether or not it involves sex. The ultimate consideration is public safety, then the question of the perpetrator fitting into society can be brought up. I find the fervor I see in so many regarding this to be as bad as the worst of the offenders. Currently, chemical castration seems to be the feel good rant. To me, anything that keeps people safe is fine, but I will not support hate based persecution. We need practical, unemotional laws and solutions.

  17. 19 Ange
    November 18, 2009 at 15:38

    I think chemical castration can work on some offenders, but one must keep in mind that most rapes and sexual offences aren’t about sex- they are about gaining power over another human being. A lack of sexual drive wouldn’t stop the need for power. As a victim of molestation and violent sexual abuse, it seems ridiculous to me that we are still unable to come to terms with the fact that these are sick individuals and we need to start treating this issue from the ground up. As a whole we need to better recognise, in schools and doctor’s offices, the homelife issues that these rapists have. Most have had a severely abusive childhood and are carrying on with the only way they know. Generally speaking, the rapes aren’t the first signs of troubled minds. Prevention and mental health treatment are needed.

  18. 20 Dinka Aliap Chawul-Kampala,Uganda
    November 18, 2009 at 17:11

    No,i think this act of chemo-castrating sex offenders in Europe has no different with Al Shabab’s Sharia Law tactics of chopping-off arms,legs or stoning of innocent people to death in Somalia because they have been accuse of having did somethings uncertain to Islam(Al Shabab view).

    I wonder,if this mount to “government domestic terrorism in Europe”?

  19. 21 James Ian
    November 19, 2009 at 09:11

    Yeah buddy!! The only people who don’t think that is a good idea must be a pervert themselves.

  20. 23 Audra
    December 7, 2009 at 10:05

    It’s interesting that Elias thinks it’s “barbaric, inhuman, and downright diabolical” to chemically castrate a man for crimes that are themselves barbaric, inhuman, and downright diabolical. It suggests he is himself a candidate for the treatment, and is fearful of the loss of his weapon.

    As another poster pointed out, the “chemical castration” treatment only works if the person actually ingests the drug. For those men who want to retain their “masculinity,” it would be way too easy to simply give lip service to having complied. And with the rate of recidivism being what it is — the danger to others is simply too great. These are, after all, individuals who have typically spent a lot of time hiding and lying about their deeds — and past behavior ends to be the best indicator of future behavior.

    Actual castration is the permanent solution for males. The loss of testosterone would reduce their aggression. And as another poster mentioned, rape and other sexual assault isn’t usually about sex. It’s typically about dominance and power. In rats, the loss of testosterone even prevents the neutered rats from initiating conflict. And — as an added benefit, the loss of testosterone usually increases their life longevity.

  21. 24 Jamie
    February 12, 2010 at 06:35

    Absolutely! Men should be castrated if they sexually abuse children! If this was a law, the men would know this would happen to them if they were caught. So maybe all the men out there that continue to sexually abuse children might think twice! Maybe they’ll go see a shrink to get help for their sick thoughts. I think something major needs to be done. Too many children are victims of sexual abuse and it’s not really something that most people can get over. The abuse is with them for life. It’s not fair for the victims to have their abuser go to jail for a few years then be back out, getting their life together, while the victims is traumatized for life!

    Men are usually the ones that do the sexual abuse, but once in awhile there are women that prey on child also. So not sure what to do with them.

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