Should Castration Be an Option for Judges with Sex Offenders

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Should Castration be an Option? | The Possibilities of Castration | Should castration be voluntary or a requirement? | Rose ZanglDevRy UniversityProfessor Macri7/18/2012 | The past several years, the news of sexual assault against children and adults has been on the rise. The effects on the victims are not only physical but psychological. An interesting study from the FBI uniformed crime reports from 2006 to 2010 shows 54% of rapes/sexual assaults go unreported. 3% of those reported actually serve time in jail. In the same study done by the FBI, out of every 100 rapes, 46 get reported, 12 lead to arrests, 9 get prosecuted, 5 lead to felony convictions, and 3 will spend even a day in jail.(1) Surgical castration is any action, surgical, chemical, or otherwise by which a male loses the functions of the testicles or a female loses the functions of the ovaries. Chemical castration is the administration of medication designed to reduce the libido and sexual activity. In this process, the testicles and ovaries are not removed from the body. Chemical castration is not a form of sterilization, whereas surgical castration is. Unlike chemical castration, surgical castration is not reversible. To the user, chemical castration has side effects such as increased body fat, reduced bone density, and the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease. The positive effects of chemical castration are a diminished sex drive, a decrease in compulsive fantasies, and a reduction in the capacity for sexual arousal. Surgical or chemical castration should be an available option to the sentencing Judge. However, I do not believe it should be an option in sentencing the first time offender. They should be given the opportunity to go through therapy and spend some time in prison to possibly rehabilitate. They should also be given a psychiatric evaluation. The second offense

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