Hormone treatment for sex offenders?

Should courts have the power to chemically change a convict's body?: Photo US Dept. of State
Should courts have the power to chemically change a convict's body?: Photo US Dept. of State

Great Britain is considering new laws that would require sex offenders to receive hormone injections. Hormones – such as estrogen and testosterone -- are chemicals produced by the body that stimulate or regulate tissues to act in certain ways. Lawmakers think the injections – also known as “chemical castration” – would prevent future attacks. But some people object, arguing the government has no right to change our body chemistry.

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Liza's picture
Liza says:

I was surprised that I didn't see anything in the article about Great Britain or the Wikipedia article dealing with the prevalent idea that rape and other sex offenses really aren't so much about sex, but much more about power. (Here's an opinion piece from USA Today to that effect.) If you believe that's the case, chemical castration doesn't make much sense as a prevention tool. But all sex crimes are not alike, of course.

Here's an interesting Salon article on the subject.

posted on Wed, 01/24/2007 - 12:03pm
Lovefoolxx33's picture
Lovefoolxx33 says:

Well I Think They Schould Becuase that Would Lowere The Case Of sex offenders

posted on Wed, 01/24/2007 - 2:48pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Let's say that what Liza points out above isn't true and that castration is actually effective in preventing individuals from committing crimes. This is still something we shouldn't do. There is always a way for a society to clamp down more on criminals but that doesn't mean they are moral. Science and medicine are capable of a great many things but society should work to keep their use in check.

posted on Wed, 01/24/2007 - 4:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think this is really disgusting and its really wrong!!!!

posted on Thu, 01/25/2007 - 11:03am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think it is a good thing to do. Even though sex offences such as rape are to do with power or the person committing the offence believes you are saying 'No' because you dont want to look as if you are 'Easy' by saying yes, however, chemical castration stops your hormones wanting to have sex therefore it will lower sex offences and people who do commit them this stops them re-committing these offences, you cant just lock every sex offender up and doing things such as putting them on the sex offender register does not make any difference in a sex offenders mind because if it did they would not have committed the crime to start with if they knew they would be put on the register, whereas chemical castrating them will definately stop them.

posted on Sat, 02/24/2007 - 4:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think chemical castration should be used! Because it reduces the sex drive of a sex offender meaning it will reduce the amount of sex offenders out on the streets plus what is the big deal about it being bad and disguisting?! it is reversible! so its not as if they will never be able to have sex again!!!! so i believe that they should use this every where in the world!!

posted on Sat, 02/24/2007 - 5:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

If it stops them from commiting such crimes, why not!?

posted on Mon, 05/14/2007 - 11:41am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think castration is degrading
it takes away their self esteem

posted on Thu, 05/17/2007 - 8:35am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think they should!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 09/15/2007 - 6:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they should its not rite wat they do 2 children

posted on Tue, 10/30/2007 - 9:03pm
wake up's picture
wake up says:

it takes away their self esteem?
they shouldnt do it?
its disgusting and wrong?
are you people for real???????were talking bout rapists here.they give up their legal rights,human rights the day they abuse ther 1st victim.wheres the victims right?if these abusers really felt guilty then theyd agree to hormone therapy in a heartbeat as it would take away the urge.if you constantly had an urge to do this n felt out of control wouldnt you BEG for treatment if you were any sort of moral compassionate empathetic human being??
it isnt a coincidence that 90%+ of criminals are male,and most serious female crimes like murder are commited because of an abusive male.
its all down to testosterone.most aggressive females have higher levels of testosterone than your average female.hormone therapy would cure the world.but i get the distinct impression men enjoy testosterones effects,feelings of power,aggression,constant sexual arousal etc.
im hoping evolution is evolving men into less testosterone filled people like your modern day metrosexual man.still able to reproduce,survive etc.but with more female hormones and less testosterone so that world suffering finally ends and humans dont destroy themselves completely.
too much testosterone caused hitler,the new world order,the demons that run the federal world bank,ww1,ww2,all the violent crimes you read about in the paper,list goes on n on.
testosterone seeks power.
prolactin seeks love.basic science.

posted on Wed, 07/14/2010 - 8:55pm
Dez's picture
Dez says:

Yes Yes Yes! Don't put them in jail just lower their testosterone levels as penalty. It won't kill them. Forget self esteem! They are hurting and some of them murdering people! Save prison money. Most of them are males and prison would be empty! DUH!! Don't take a scientist to figure that out.

posted on Wed, 03/05/2014 - 11:08pm

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