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October 19, 2021

27 MPs suggest chemical castration for child sex offenders

A group of 27 MPs of the Social-Democratic Party (PSD) submitted to Parliament a legislative draft on the chemical castration of the perpetrators who committed sexual assault crimes on minors, and crimes resulting in the minor’s death.
The 27 Social-Democrat deputies and senators, among whom Catalin Radulescu, Ovidiu Iane, Maria Draghici, Petru Andea, Viorel Dragomir, Ion Scheau, Sorin Grindeanu, Constantin Radulescu, Petre Petrescu, Vasile Popeanga, Cristian Rizea, Lucretia Rosca, submitted on March 5 this draft law to be discussed in the Senate first and then in the Deputies’ Chamber, a decision-making body in this case.
The draft is aimed at fighting and preventing sexual crimes against children and crimes against the sexual liberty and integrity of individuals. According to the document, the persons committing this type of crimes can be forced to accept the treatment for chemical castration. The offenders accepting and undergoing this treatment will have the special limits of their sentence cut by half.
According to the substantiation note, the initiators consider that “the chemical castration means inhibiting through chemical methods the sexual urges of the offender found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor, in order to prevent recidivism.”
“Chemical castration is reversible, is the administration of medication designed to reduce testosterone levels, thus inhibiting sexual desires, as a result, the libido is reduced and the unnatural fantasies leading to the child’s abuse vanish,” the document says.
The MPs gave the example of states that authorized the use of chemical castration, pointing out that the first case was in the United States in 1944, Poland being the only European state allowing this treatment. “The pedophiles and rapists must benefit by psychological rehabilitation because they really need help in this regard, at the same time they should be motivated by the fact their sentenced are cut by half, only if they accept and undergo the treatment to inhibit their urges against the sexual inviolability of a person, including minors,” the MPs said.
The draft also mentions that the persons condemned for sex offences and considered a social danger risk going back to prison once they serve their sentence, unless they accept a chemical treatment to “curb their urges”, and the costs related to serving a prison sentence is much higher than the costs of chemical castration.
It’s not the first initiative of this kind in Parliament, with a similar draft of the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) MPs being submitted and rejected in the previous term.

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