I'm on my mom's computer right now, dial up internet?? How do you people do this!? Anyought, it's hard to look up things because it's slow.
I did find an interesting website that lists articles and research both for and against chemical castration- so I suppose this could be a starting point for anyone interested in research.
I found a bunch of articles while searching on EBSCOhost- most of which my college library has, but alas, I'm not where near there. I have no idea what this article states- whether it found that castration works or not, but it looked interesting. I couldn't find the text online:
The biological treatment of dangerous sexual offenders: A review and preliminary report of the Oregon pilot depo-Provera program. By: Maletzky, Barry M.; Field, Gary. Aggression & Violent Behavior, Jul2003, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p391, 22p; DOI: 10.1016/S1359-1789(02)00065-4; (AN 9655751)
Salon.com has a great article about this issue: http://dir.salon.com/health/feature/...ion/index.html
- here is a paragraph from it:
"Citing cases like Coleman's and the nationally publicized case of Robert Komarenski (who, in 1992, begged the courts after he completed his sentence for sexual molestation to put him on testosterone-reducing drugs and has since been virtually cured), Berlin argues that counseling is key to determining who appropriately qualifies for drug treatment. Says Liz Schroeder, associate director of the ACLU in Southern California, "Not all sex offenders are pedophiles. The drug may work on a pedophile, but it's unlikely to work against sadists. Counseling is imperative. It's one of these legislative fixes that hasn't been thought through." "
Another interesting point:
"Europeans have employed surgical and chemical castration since before the time Hitler. Berlin points to a well-known study conducted in Scandinavia over a 30-year period that demonstrated significant results. Among the more than 900 sex offenders in that country who underwent surgical castration, the recurrence of sexual offenses was less than 3 percent. This is a staggering figure when compared with some American studies showing that as many as 50 percent of sex offenders who are released commit similar crimes again. Yet statistics on the subject are few and far between."
And a last point:
"Yet many sex crimes committed against children are labeled molestation instead of sexual offenses. There's also confusion over the difference between a child molester and a pedophile, not to mention a sadist. According to the American Psychiatric Association, a pedophile can be successfully treated with drugs like Depo-Provera, but a sadist (a person who acts out against written laws just to break them) is not a good candidate for chemical castration."