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Treatment of sexual offenders in Herstedvester Denmark. The rapists.

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    • "Offenders castrated under coercion might, for example, illicitly obtain testosterone or other anabolic steroids and thereby reverse the effects of surgery. Although this has not been reported to be a problem to date according to the literature (Stiirup, 1968, reports that one rapist in his study obtained testosterone), anabolic steroids are now easily available from the illicit market and are commonly used by body builders and other athletes (Brower, 1993). In any event, castration is probably not appropriate for a large proportion of offenders who have a history of diverse nonsexual offenses in addition to their sexual ones. "
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