Guam has recently passed a bill to allow the chemical castration of sex offenders. This isn't really a new idea; Guam is a territory of the US, and many states have legislation regarding castration, including California, Texas, and Florida
. Often times, in the US, repeat offenders ask
for the process because many doctors have concluded that they no longer pose a threat.
Guam has an extremely high assault rate at 64.2 reported rapes per 100,000 people, whereas the US has about 25.2 per 100,000.
The chemical castration will occur a week before their release, and, in addition, they will begin taking medications to lower their sex drive.
“It’s an important message; it’s a message that we as a body will not support this type of crime any more. It’s a stern, loud-and-clear message to any offenders out there that there’s going to be consequences," said Senator Brant McCreadie
This does put an implication on the individuals who then commit the act, knowing what their punishment is going to be, but where's the action before the fact? What about taking steps to PREVENT rape, not just do punish wrongdoers? Sure, this will deter rapists, but it will also make them smarter. Murderers know they have a potential death sentence awaiting them but murders are committed daily.
The bill passed with an 8-7 vote and now awaits Gov. Eddie Calvo's signature.
What do you think of this extreme measure? Will it deter sex offenders or will they simply seek other violent outlets? Leave us a comment below!