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    Europeans debate castration of sex offenders

    Europeans debate castration of sex offenders - International Herald Tribune

    Whether castration can help rehabilitate violent sex offenders has come under new scrutiny after the Council of Europe's anti-torture committee last month called surgical castration "invasive, irreversible and mutilating" and demanded the Czech Republic stop offering the procedure to violent sex offenders. Other critics said that castration threatened to lead society down a dangerous road toward eugenics.

    The Czech Republic has allowed at least 94 prisoners to be surgically castrated over the past decade. It is the only country in Europe that uses the procedure for sex offenders. Czech psychiatrists supervising the treatment - a one-hour operation that involves removal of the tissue that produces testosterone - insist that it is the most foolproof way to tame sexual urges in dangerous predators.
    Now, more countries in Europe are considering mandating or allowing chemical castration for violent sex offenders. There is intense debate over whose rights take precedence: those of violent sex offenders, who could be subjected to a punishment that many consider cruel, or those of society, which expects protection from sexual predators.

    Poland is expected to become the first nation of the European Union to give judges the right to impose chemical castration on at least some convicted pedophiles, using hormonal drugs to curb sexual appetite; the impetus for the change was the arrest of a 45-year-old man in September who had fathered two children by his young daughter.

    Spain is considering plans to offer chemical castration after a convicted pedophile killed a child.
    In its report, the committee also said that it had found cases of first-time, nonviolent offenders who had been surgically castrated, including mentally retarded men and exhibitionists. Although the procedure is voluntary, Butala said that he believed some offenders feel they have no choice.

    "Sex offenders are requesting castration in hope of getting released from a life of incarceration," he said. "Is that really free and informed consent?"
    In the United States, the Supreme Court ruled in 1985 that involuntary surgical castration constituted cruel and unusual punishment. Several states, including Texas, Florida and California, now allow or mandate chemical castration for certain convicted sex offenders.
    I don't understand how one can support surgical castration while simultaneously opposing the death penalty.
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    Re: Europeans debate castration of sex offenders

    Taking a life and cutting off the penis is very different.

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    Re: Europeans debate castration of sex offenders

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
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    I don't understand how one can support surgical castration while simultaneously opposing the death penalty.
    This will only turn those offenders into more violent offenders. You take a guys manhood in an attempt to kill his drive and "disarm" him you might as well put a gun in his hand and tell him he has nothing to live for. Segregation of sexual offenders and rehabilitation are the only ways in which to protect society from them. Well you could execute them, but I'm not a death penalty supporter.
    *insert profound statement here*

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    Re: Europeans debate castration of sex offenders

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    Taking a life and cutting off the penis is very different.
    I'm aware, but both involve an irreversible imposition on a person's physical being.
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    Re: Europeans debate castration of sex offenders

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    I'm aware, but both involve an irreversible imposition on a person's physical being.
    Yes but one still has the heart beating.

    If someone is found innocent for pedophilia [very rare/doubtful] then huge compensation would occur.

    If someone is killed inside US, what can the state do? It cannot resurrect the criminal can it?

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    Re: Europeans debate castration of sex offenders

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    Yes but one still has the heart beating.

    If someone is found innocent for pedophilia [very rare/doubtful] then huge compensation would occur.

    If someone is killed inside US, what can the state do? It cannot resurrect the criminal can it?
    And "compensation" can make up for the improper removal of his organs by the state? Can you resurrect his dick?
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    Re: Europeans debate castration of sex offenders

    I completely disagree with this.

    A youth leader where I live was accused by a boy of sexual molesting him. Turned out the boy was lying, his mum angry by the rejection of her "advances" towards the youth leader persuaded her son to tell this to the authorities. The boy confessed in court that it was a lie.

    What if he didn't confess and this castration took place.

    An innocent man would be castrated. Can you imagine the horror if that man was you??

    Corporal Punishment and Capital Punishment SHOULD NOT be allowed as our justice system is not infallible an dis prone to mistakes and the lying of human beings.
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    Re: Europeans debate castration of sex offenders

    Quote Originally Posted by GarzaUK View Post
    Corporal Punishment and Capital Punishment SHOULD NOT be allowed as our justice system is not infallible an dis prone to mistakes and the lying of human beings.
    Agreed, i wouldn't support neither castration or death penalty. I think they are both barbaric.

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    Re: Europeans debate castration of sex offenders

    don't we have operative castration in this country?
    And why does your tone suggest that you do not care about children?

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    Re: Europeans debate castration of sex offenders

    Quote Originally Posted by new coup for you View Post
    don't we have operative castration in this country?
    "Chemical castration" is a misnomer, there are no actual permanent changes to the person. It's just a medication that the individual has to take regularly that inhibits their libido. It's actually a large dose of female birth control medication.
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