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December 2009 , Page 26 

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The Availability of Chemical Castration to Control Sex Drive

By Jeff Sirmons

Socrates once said, “Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.” Perhaps this explains why society places little value on the life of a pedophile or a rapist. It can take years to correct the damage done by a pedophile to a child — and sometimes, the damage is irreversible. From 28-93 percent of pedophiles were molested as a child.1 Research indicates that many of these offenders and re-offenders would be unresponsive to rehabilitative techniques such as a combination of chemical castration and cognitive therapy.2 There are exceptions, however, and these exceptions are worth noting.

Chemical castration involves an injection, usually weekly, of Depo-Provera, which is commonly known as a contraceptive.3 The drug nearly eliminates testosterone production, effectively returning the offender’s body to its prepubescent level.4 A meta-analysis combining dozens of studies on chemical castration found that the drug is responsible for reducing recidivism rates from 43 percent to just six p

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