Can­cer Drug could Work as Pae­dophile ‘Cure’: Sci­en­tists

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Sci­en­tists are con­duct­ing the world’sfirst­clin­i­cal tri­al­son­adrug totreat­pae­dophiles­be­fore­they­sex­u­ally abuse chil­dren. Re­searchers are ap­peal­ing through a British sci­ence crowd­fund­ing plat­form to raise enough money to carry out a full study on the drug.

The drug, called de­gare­lix, is nor­mally used to treat pros­trate can­cer but was found to have the side ef­fect of re­duc­ing sex­ual arousal. It dra­mat­i­cally low­ers lev­els of the male sex hor­mone testos­terone and lasts be­tween three and four months.

So far, sev­eral men with sex­ual fan­tasies about chil­dren have vol­un­teered for the trial. Doc­tor Christof fer Rah­mat t he Karoli nska I nstit ute i n Stock­holm, said: “One in 10 boys and one in 20 girls is sex­u­ally abused dur­ing child­hood. This is­sue is hard to deal with but we must, be­cause it af­fects all of us.

“With this re­search project, I want to shift fo­cus and ex­plore meth­ods of pre­vent­ing child sex­ual abuse from hap­pen­ing in the first place.”

The In­de­pen­dent

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