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Ethical Aspects of Chemical Castration

Šimun Bilokapić   ORCID icon ; Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Split

Puni tekst: hrvatski, pdf (297 KB) str. 333-354 preuzimanja: 1.474* citiraj
APA 6th Edition
Bilokapić, Š. (2010). Etički vidovi kemijske kastracije. Crkva u svijetu, 45 (3), 333-354. Preuzeto s
MLA 8th Edition
Bilokapić, Šimun. "Etički vidovi kemijske kastracije." Crkva u svijetu, vol. 45, br. 3, 2010, str. 333-354. Citirano 07.05.2021.
Chicago 17th Edition
Bilokapić, Šimun. "Etički vidovi kemijske kastracije." Crkva u svijetu 45, br. 3 (2010): 333-354.
Bilokapić, Š. (2010). 'Etički vidovi kemijske kastracije', Crkva u svijetu, 45(3), str. 333-354. Preuzeto s: (Datum pristupa: 07.05.2021.)
Bilokapić Š. Etički vidovi kemijske kastracije. Crkva u svijetu [Internet]. 2010 [pristupljeno 07.05.2021.];45(3):333-354. Dostupno na:
Š. Bilokapić, "Etički vidovi kemijske kastracije", Crkva u svijetu, vol.45, br. 3, str. 333-354, 2010. [Online]. Dostupno na: [Citirano: 07.05.2021.]

Throughout history a routine measure for punishing sexual
offenders, especially the rapists, was physical castration. That
safety measure is coming back to modern legislation in the form
of chemical castration. It is being justified by the motives of
common good, citizens’ security and rehabilitation of the rapist,
and in public it is presented more like a treatment than a real
The article analyzes ethical acceptability of treating sexual
violators by castration. After a brief review on the rapists’
punishing during history in the first part, and presentation of
Christian attitude about various forms of castration, especially
the penalizing and therapeutic castration in the second part,
in the third part of the work the author gives basic information
on chemical castration. On the basis of the fact that chemical
castration can indeed have the form of both treatment and
punishment, the fourth ethical part separately analyzes, to avoid
certain confusion, its valence in two different contexts in which it is
most often analyzed and applied. In purely medical-moral context
the author wonders if a therapeutic principle is able to justify the
use of chemical castration for a specific group of sexually violent
persons and under which conditions, and in criminal-legal context
he ethically evaluates compulsory and voluntary castration,
analyzing particularly important issue of well informed and free
consent to castration.
Since there is a real danger that chemical castration may
become a regular measure in “treating” all doers of sexual
violence, in the fifth part the author presents the basic reasons of
inappropriateness and unreasonableness of such a measure. Of
course, the reasons are related to chemical castration as such, but
even more to the restricted and often wrong understanding of the
phenomenon of sexual violence.

Ključne riječi
sexual violence; surgical castration; chemical castration; therapeutic principle; physical integrity; consent; treatment; punishment; sexual anthropology

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