Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
When it comes to punishing sex offenders who victimize children, Russia appears to have taken the lead with a startling new physical punishment that recently became law in the country.
A new law recently approved by the Russian Parliament will punish criminals convicted of sex crimes against a child under the age of fourteen with chemical castration. Repeat sex offenders will face automatic life in prison.The law also says that the final decision about chemical castration will be made with input from a forensic psychiatrist, and that other medical measures could be substituted. Essentially it sounds like the punishment will fit the crime. (H/T Universal Free Press)
Chemical castration involves regular injections of antiandrogen drugs, which reduce libido, suppress sexual fantasy and generally temporarily kill sex drive. This new punishment could obviously be a strong deterrent for potential sex offenders in some cases.
Russia, like many other countries, suffers from a growing number of sex offenses against children. In 2008 alone, a staggering 1,300 children were reported victims of violent sex crimes and over 5,000 more were the victims of “non-violent” sex crimes.
Anton Belyakov, a member the A Just Russia party, was one of the prominent figures who called for harsher punishments for these disgusting sexual predators. According to statistics, a whopping 97 percent of child sex offenders in the country commit a similar crime once they’re released from prison.
According to United Russia member Tatyana Yakovleva, since 2005, sex crimes against children in Russia have increased 2,000 percent.
With chemical castration on the table as an option for long-term punishment, that figure could drop significantly. While authorities may never be able to stop the crime from happening in the first place, lowering the number of repeat offenses is now possible and probable.
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Posted by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg at 11/23/2014
At Least The Russians Do Something Right
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg