July 1, 2010

Chemical Castration

There's been much talk lately about violent sex offenders living among us, and the failure of the New York State Assembly to properly address the issue, despite the fact that the State Senate has passed much more stringent legislation on the issue. In fact, the Senate passed legislation that would keep violent sex offenders where they belong, behind bars.

Would these horrific cases change the minds of Francine DelMonte and her Assembly colleagues?
  • A 58-year-old man raped and assaulted an 8-year-old girl. The attack caused widespread revulsion and left the victim with lasting physical injuries.
  • A 33-year-old man raped and murdered a 13-year-old girl in February.
  • A 45-year-old man kidnapped a student from her elementary school and raped her in the basement of a church.
Unfortunately, probably not. But that doesn't mean that other jurisdictions are going to sit by while the most vulnerable members of our society are put in harms way by weak lawmakers who refuse to enact substantive legislation to address the issue.

The aforementioned cases did occur - in South Korea. But their government doesn't kowtow to special interests and liberal groups that are more concerned with the rights of the criminals than the rights of victims, as occurs in this state. In fact, the parliament of South Korea voted Tuesday to legalize chemical castration as punishment for convicted child sex offenders after a series of violent assaults sparked outrage nationwide, the cases above among them.

But this is a third-world country a million miles away, you say. They're animals. The great United States would never enact such barbaric measures. Well, how about progressive European countries such as Britain, Denmark and Sweden? They offer chemical castration drugs to sex offenders to control sexual urges on a voluntary basis. Last year, Poland legalized the procedure for offenders who rape minors under age 15 or close relatives.

Still, you'd never see such a thing in the U.S., right? Wrong. Several states including Louisiana, California, Oregon and Arizona have laws allowing chemical castration. Why? Because they don't tolerate the raping of children. Democrats in the State Assembly, including Francine DelMonte, cannot say the same thing. They want to "rehabilitate" them, even though the state's own classification of Level 3 sex offenders states that Level 3's are most likely to offend again. It is sickening and it is inexcusable and another indication of what is wrong with this state.

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