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An Ethical Analysis of the Use of Medroyprogesterone Acetate and Cyproterone Acetate to Treat Repeat Sex Offenders

Pitula, Elizabeth

Among the most heinous, and unfortunately common, crimes known to human society are rape and child molestation. Recidivism rates for offenders of these crimes are extremely high. Treatment of perpetrators of these crimes is of great consequence to mental health professionals, policymakers and the general public. Unfortunately, the traditional treatments for rehabilitation, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and SSRIs, have shown only minimal success rates and incarceration is expensive for the state. One proposed alternative is chemical castration. This paper reviews ethical considerations regarding the practice of chemical castration for sex offenders.

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Psychology (Barnard College)
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B.A., Barnard College
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May 13, 2011
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