Treating Pedophiles

Pedophiles or pedophilia is a term to describe a psychiatric disorder in which adult individuals, experience sexual attraction to children who have not reached or are in their early adolescent stages (Neustatter 24). The disorder (sex drive) is said to be reduced by antiandrogens, also known as the androgen blockers. The antiandrogens which were discovered in the early 1960s, help, prevents testosterone from expressing their biological effects in response tissues. There are various ways in which these androgen blockers work to inhibit or reduce the sex drive, and shall be discussed in details in this article. The paper will also narrow down to the different theories of rape and finally at their compatibleness with the assumption.

It is a condition that has attracted the attention of many people, both from medical society and the public sector. Is evident by increased exposure of offenders on social media, the introduction of new laws against the sexual offenders in most countries, and increased investigation of children sexual act has also helped raise public awareness (Brenner 507). It is, therefore, vital for the physicians to understand the disorder, its occurrence, and its characteristics together with those of abused children. Various techniques are used to treat pedophiles in different individuals who face the same challenge, conducting of group therapy, use of hormone suppressors and application of castration procedures are may be used to treat the disorder. The medics, therefore, encourage the application of methods that do can only reduce the chances of the sexual urge occurrence among the people because the condition is said to be persistent. According to research, the health care services providers revealed that there are drugs used to reduce testosterone, known as the anti- androgens (Neustatter 29). Under this, those people found to be affected by the disorder after the diagnosis, receive the monthly shot as doctors carefully monitor their testosterone level in their bodies to initiate effectiveness of the medicine.

In the case of group therapy, all the involved individuals engage themselves in a discussion of the nature and level of frequency of each and everyone’s fantasies of sex. In their groups, they also discuss the day to day stresses they go through which may lead to increased chances of getting away with the disorder (Brenner 513). The patients are however taught on how to deal with their past experiences as well as other victims around the vicinity. Patients are therefore expected to attend ninety (90) minutes discussion sessions of ten people (10), each a week for many years before completion of the treatment process of the challenge. As a proof of their full recovery, it is expected of them to report for medical checkup after some given period in their lifetime where others are forced to be hospitalized in the case of uncontrollable sexual urge.

Many other nations around the globe prefer castration as being the only most appropriate solution to the problem, as some go an extra mile of paying for the sterilization of those individuals caught with such criminal offenses (Neustatter 34). The method of castration is however not the most efficient and due to this reason, and doctors preferred the suppression of the hormone because even after the sterilization process individuals can still erect, a clear indication that they will still have the sexual urge. Hormone suppression, on the other hand, remains the most appropriate as the health care services providers can monitor the treatment over a given period before making a conclusion of whether the patient is fully fit to join the society or not. Anciently the midcentury psychoanalysts, who were basing their treatment on the Freud-inspired psychoanalysis claimed of having invented the cure for the condition. As a result, some other treatments which at the moment can be termed as old fashioned with very limited evidence of effectiveness are still being experienced in the societies as far as the medication of the condition is concerned (Brenner 517). Some therapist were, therefore, using methods such as the covert sensitization, where they engaged a patient in a situation of imagining of a traumatic tragedy of being humiliated before their family members or think of having their penis stick inside, by being shown a picture of a small child.

Aversive conditioning is yet another method which makes use of actual thing rather than involving the patients in the imagining of adverse impacts of the situation (Neustatter 36). They could show the pedophile pictures to the patient as they fill the room with stinky ammonia, in which they place a ring around patient’s penis to measure of the arousing. Various theories of rape may help resolve the problem of a pedophile, among them are the evolutionary theory. The theory explains that men who forced their sexual desire on women, reproduce efficiently and end up with offsprings portraying similar characteristics. This type of method is not the most compatible assumption of a pedophile. There are also other methods i.e. the feminist theory, whose assumption of rape related to the problem of male dominance in a given community. They, therefore, saw rape case as a serious offense and act. Last but not least is the self-control type of theory where they based the action on the uncontrollable sex drive of the male partner (Brenner 522). Men, therefore, argue that it is because of their uncontrollable state that they should not be held responsible for their evil actions. It takes the lead as the most compatible theory to the assumption.