Chemical Castration is a Viable Option for Repeat Sex Offenders

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According to most estimates, it is believed that around 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys are the victims of childhood sexual abuse, but self-report studies have shown that those numbers could be significantly higher. Childhood victims of sexual abuse suffer from increased rates of mental illness, self-esteem issues, and suicide. The numbers and outcomes are strikingly similar for those that are victims of rape and/or sexual assault in their adult lives.

With this petition there are three things that we are advocating for, but it is crucial to understand that the breadth of what we can do to help victims and deter offenders is not limited to what is being suggested. We are petitioning for wide sweeping legislation mandating harsher punishments and deterrents for those that commit sex crimes, and this will include:

1. Lengthier sentencing

2. Automatic registration onto local sex offender lists upon release

3. Voluntary and/or involuntary chemical castration (dependent on the situation)

[It is worth noting that while the latter proposal sounds harsh, there are several countries around the world that enforce this punishment/deterrent, and a few states in the United States such as California and Florida that do as well (they use Depo Provera – a drug approved by the FDA). The act of chemical castration involves no pain, and it is a proven way to lower the sex drive; it would greatly reduce predators capacity to re-offend. This would be reserved for specific offenses.]

But why? Why should sex offenses be held in a different vain when compared to other interpersonal crimes that a person can commit? That question can be broken down and explained like this:

All crime is abhorrent and ultimately antithetical to society, but in certain circumstances and scenarios things can be justified. This simply cannot be said when it comes to sexual offenses - especially rape and pedophilia. For example: Theft is wrong, but if a person is impoverished and close to starving, taking food from someone that has more than they know what to do with could be seen as justified. Alternatively, taking someone’s life is wrong, but in the case of self-defense, as a society we have decided to make certain exceptions in cases where it seems unavoidable. For every unlawful act against society that we acknowledge as a transgression, there are cases where there is a gray area between what is expected and what can be deemed unavoidable. The same cannot be said for sex offenses. There is never a justification, validation, or explanation for sexual crimes against anyone.

We live in a day and age where nonviolent drug offenses can land a person in prison with more time than a convicted sex offender. Laws vary from state to state, and some have such in place that allow for first-time offenders to have their “sentences” reduced to probation. With this intuitive, we respect local laws and values, and the right of states to have autonomy over how they govern and sentence is important, but the value in protecting our children and those that cannot protect themselves is one that we would like to think that we all share.