chemical castration


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func·tion·al cas·tra·tion

gonadal atrophy produced by prolonged treatment with sex hormones or gonadotropin-releasing hormone superagonists or antagonists.
Synonym(s): chemical castration
The treatment of men with paraphilia with methoxyprogesterone acetate, which inhibits gonadotropin secretion, thereby reducing sexual drives

chemical castration

Pharmacologic castration Public health The treatment of ♂ with paraphilia with methoxyprogesterone acetate, which inhibits gonadotropin secretion. See Chemical castration, Megan's law, Pedophilia.

chemical castration

Producing the hormonal effect of castration by means of drugs that block androgen or oestrogen receptors or inhibit the production of natural sex hormones. The term is more often used in a legal than in a medical context.
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Peter Weiss argues that chemical castration, along with suppression of sexual urges and desires, also helps a patient concentrate on other therapeutic activities by bringing a sense of calm to the offender and reducing aggression and the propensity for violence.
Murray, California's Chemical Castration Law: A Model for Massachusetts?, 24 NEW ENG.
This paper will examine the rhetoric surrounding the movement against child sexual abuse, examining the great suppressions of the past; the breaking of the silence surrounding the frequency of child sexual abuse, the role of survivors speaking out, the times which spawned leaders in this movement, and finally a discussion of political, social and legal effects of the movement including the reality of a vociferous backlash, as well as a rash of new tougher state laws including a new chemical castration law in California.
The term "chemical castration" is actually a misnomer.
In one midwestern town, "Wayne" owned the local newspaper, coached little league, and organized the towns annual "watermelon feed."(38) What the town did not know was that Wayne also molested little boys.(39) Wayne pleaded guilty to two charges of child molestation.(40) He consented to more than three months of treatment by chemical castration.(41) Wayne said "I realized I could walk down the street, see boys I found sexually attractive, and not be possessed by thoughts about having sex with them....
Chemical castration will be held after the verdict enters into force.
Chemical castration is the administration of a drug to bring about a reduction in the body's production of androgens -- especially testosterone -- as per its medical definition by Merriam Webster.
A bill in Alabama awaiting the governor's signature would require people convicted of certain sex offenses to undergo "chemical castration" as a condition of parole.
He opted for chemical castration rather than jail and probably the effect of that treatment was the reason that he took his own life in 1954.
states with laws allowing chemical castration for sex offenders.
Chemical castration involves a man being injected with drugs that effectively blunt his sex drive for a period of time, and does not involve any surgery.
He was given a posthumous royal pardon in December for his conviction for an act of "gross indecency" in 1952, which led to his chemical castration and also saw his security clearance being withdrawn for his post-war work at GCHQ.