Re: Are pedophiles attracted to children naturally?
Originally Posted by 9erempiree
If that's the case then shouldn't they be treated differently in court? You cannot hate on gays for being born that way, therefore, how about them?
Not condoning what they do btw.
No because having a disposition doesn't mean you are incapable of preventing it to happen. Children can't consent so it doesn't matter if a pedophile likes them they should know better than to try and sleep with them. Being a pedophile in itself is not a crime, it is acting on those instincts that is the crime (whether they are physically molesting children or consuming child pornography). In fact the demonization of pedophiles in society has been shown to not be helpful since the pedophiles themselves are too scared to find help which can ultimately lead them to engaging in deviant behavior.
• A treatment programme involving 100 prisoners at Whatton prison, a specialist prison for sex offenders in Nottinghamshire, has seen them undergo chemical "castration".
• The drug used is called leuprorelin, which is marketed as Prostap. It reduces the prisoners' testosterone levels to those of prepubescent children.
• The scheme is entirely voluntary.
• The scheme has government backing. The Ministry of Justice said: "We support the use of pharmaceutical interventions for high risk sex offenders given the evidence that it can be useful in reducing risk for some perpetrators."
Scandanavian countries used to castrate people before WWII what they do now is that they essentially give people courses of treatment. You have to volunteer to do it. There is no force. You have to regularly be monitored. The drugs reduce testosterone, so reduces sex drive. Prisoners are released into the community and report regularly to outpatient clinic where they are tested regularly. They may commit other crimes but their repeat offending for sex offences is completely zero. They argue this is on the grounds that these drugs essentially reduce the urges they have and all the pain associated with things that make them paedophiles. It's small numbers in controlled conditions, for people who otherwise would never leave prison - violent sex offenders as well as paedophiles.
It's not an alternative to therapeutic issues, but it takes out the urge that manifests itself in sexual violence. It takes away the thing that makes them violent because the testosterone is completely reduced. The evidence does show that repeat offending rate is low or zero. This is a voluntary treatment, it's not done as a populist punitive measure. The Danish justice system doesn't go for that. It's not an answer to sexual violence in society, it's a tiny number of cases.
We have a very different culture of criminal justice. Denmark sees criminal justice as a collective responsibility to solve. In other states it might be used in much more punitive ways. The social context is important.