Australian paedophiles in the state of New South Wales might soon be facing at chemical castration.
The method is already a voluntary option in the state’s prison system, but a new taskforce has been set up to look into whether anti-libido drugs could become an alternative option to prison. The drugs dull sexual desire and can stop them being able to become aroused.
The team is made up of government representatives, victims’ groups such as Bravehearts, and experts from police, legal and health professions. Troy Grant, the Justice Minister, said the government should consider all options to protect children from abuse.
One of the worrying statistics that came out of our investigation is that up to 17 per cent of child sex offenders are likely to reoffend in two years. We must do everything possible to reduce that figure.
However, the effectiveness of these drugs as a way to stop paedophiles has been dismissed by a child abuse activist.
Brett Collins of Justice Action, an activist group that focuses on child abuse by authority figures, told ABC News the voluntary scheme wasn’t working, and the issue of child abuse was more complex than regulating sexual desire.
The issues are much larger … there are personality issues, there are issues involved with a range of self-esteem issues as well.
They have to be dealt with in more difficult ways — learning ways of diversion and avoidance, and also dealing with the person as a real person.
The taskforce is due to present its findings at the end of the year.