Voluntary and therapeutic castration of sex offenders in The Netherlands (1938–1968).

  title={Voluntary and therapeutic castration of sex offenders in The Netherlands (1938–1968).},
  author={T. V. Meer},
  journal={International Journal of Law and Psychiatry},
  • T. V. Meer
  • Published 2014
  • Psychology
  • International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
  • Abstract Between 1938 and 1968 some 400 sex offenders in the Netherlands who by court orders had been put at ‘the discretion of the government’ and were incarcerated in asylums for the criminally insane, ‘voluntarily’ submitted themselves to ‘therapeutic’ castration, the surgical removal of their testes. Prior to 1938, inspired by a Danish castration act from 1929, and urged by asylums that were overcrowded by sex offenders, the ethics of the surgery had been discussed for nearly a decade… CONTINUE READING
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