Sadly, we witness many children being sexually abused by adults, and a simple jail sentence for these wrongdoers is nothing compared to the severity of their crimes and how they forever affect a child’s life.
The state of Alabama is taking these sorts of offences very seriously and is imposing a law which asks for the sex offenders to be chemically castrated. This, however, wasn’t accepted with open arms by everyone, and many question whether it would prevent the offenders from committing same or similar offences in the future.
According to the law, those convicted of sexually assaulting a minor under the age of 13 will be injected with hormone-blocking drugs before they leave prison.
Representative Steve Hurst argued in favor of a surgical procedure but later the chemical method was approved. Speaking of the law, Hurst said: “If chemical castration will help one or two children, and decrease that urge to the point that person does not harm that child, it’s worth it.”
However, according to a number of research, including one published in APA PsychNet, the libido has not much to do with the urge of these people to abuse little children. Sex offenders don’t have higher levels of testosterone and there is “no evidence to suggest there is anything chemically wrong with sexual offenders.”
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill into law which states that offenders should undergo the reversible procedure at least a month before they are released out of prison.
“If they’re going to mark these children for life, they need to be marked for life,” Hurst told NBC affiliate WSFA of Montgomery. “My preference would be if someone does a small infant child like that, they need to die,” he said. “God’s going to deal with them one day.”
Speaking to Crime.awm.com, another State Representative, Juandallynn Givan, said: “You have to deal with the mind of a predator. You don’t worry about the physical body parts. You have to deal with what makes them do what they do,” adding how this law should be reconsidered.
However, Hurst once again stated the law is what the state needed and told WSFA.”People say this is inhumane. ‘How can it be any more inhumane than molesting a small child?’ Now that’s one of the most inhumane things there are.”
Randall Marshall, the executive director with the ACLU of Alabama, believes that this law could violate the U.S. Constitution’s 8th amendment.
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