How to Stop Sex Predators in Their Tracks

An author named Daniel Hanson has recently written a book called “How to Prevent Sexual Assault” in which he describes how modern technology is used by sexual predators to stalk and rape their victims.

To counter the technology put to use by sexual predators, Hanson has proposed several legal measures that he says can be enacted to combat the scourge of sexual assault. Petitions are being circulated to urge lawmakers to enact these measures.

Among the proposals are:

  • Make judges in all 50 states elected officials. By adding a layer of accountability, judges would be subject to removal from their positions if the prosecution and sentencing of sexual predators are not handled properly. Partisan election of some judges already is required in some states on some levels.
  • Make the death penalty mandatory when a person is murdered as a result of sexual or human trafficking. The petition calls for trafficking fatalities to be federal crimes with the investigation and execution carried out by the federal government.
  • Make bordering states honor concealed weapon licenses from neighboring states. This would be especially useful for women who have such licenses and travel to nearby jurisdictions.
  • Make chemical castration mandatory under some circumstances. These would include the forced rape of a minor, rape by a predator that knowingly has AIDS, serial rapists, aggravated rape and repeat offenders. The administration of Depo-Provera reduces sex drive, compulsive sexual fantasies, and the capacity for sexual arousal in men. Unlike surgical castration chemical castration does not mutilate the person, nor is it a form of sterilization.
  • Make preliminary DNA testing a mandatory part of the application process for law enforcement officers. This would give government another tool to screen applicants and ensure that officers are truly public servants and not predators. The cost of a preliminary DNA test is approximately $30.
  • Conduct a preliminary DNA test on all current law enforcement officers. Working in law enforcement is not a right. It is reasonable to use every means available to make sure the public is safe from those who carry a badge. Such a requirement would reinforce the public’s confidence and faith in law enforcement personnel.
  • Other ideas include making the death penalty mandatory for a police officer who rapes and murders a victim, making a defendant’s past admissible in a court of law, and the speedy processing of rape kits.

These are the proposals of Mr. Hanson and are not necessarily the views of

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