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....
will be held after the verdict enters into force.
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.
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and also saw his security clearance being withdrawn for his post-war work at GCHQ.