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Argument: Castration of sex offenders has been effective

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Czech Minister Michael Kocáb: "The Czech model of treatment is very successful in comparison with foreign treatment programmes. We have, in a twenty-year period, a 17 percent relapse rate. This result is one of the best in the world. But, even better is the result after surgical castration. When this sort of castration is connected with psychotherapy, there is a zero-percent recidivism rate. Not one of our patients has relapsed in the past thirty years."[1]

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Dr. Martin Holly, a leading sexologist and psychiatrist who is director of the Psychiatric Hospital Bohnice in Prague, said none of the nearly 100 sex offenders who had been physically castrated had committed further offenses. Furthermore, a Danish study of 900 castrated sex offenders in the 1960s suggested the rate of repeat offenses dropped after surgical castration to 2.3 percent from 80 percent.[2] In addition, a 1981 study conducted with 48 males with long standing histories of sexually deviant behaviour, found that 40 of these individuals given doses of medroxyprogesterone acetate for as long as 12 months had diminished desires for deviant sexual behaviour, less frequent sexual fantasies, and greater control over sexual urges.

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