If I could change one thing to make the world a better place, it would be to stop all abuse. Throughout history, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse to women, children, and animals has occurred. The dictionary defines abuse as cruel and violent treatment. (www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/abuse).

I grew up in an abusive home. I watched my stepfather beat my mother and my sisters and I suffered from his physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Fortunately, we did not fall into the typical pattern of repeating the abuse to our children.

Men who are abusers have a lower IQ, more defensive, less optimistic, moody, and more authoritarian. Deep anger is the source.  https://www.healthyplace.com/abuse/adult-physical-abuse/women-abuse-why-some-men-abuse-women

Ten out of 11 prison inmates who had committed violent crimes had the highest levels of testosterone. When testosterone is significantly higher in the brain anger, verbal aggressiveness, competition, dominance, and physical violence are evident. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3693622/

My solution for any sex offender or abuser is a required castration (removal of the testicles). Castration lowers the hormone testosterone which is linked to aggressive behavior. However, surgical castration is no longer used in most European countries and the United States. But, in Denmark in the 1950-1960s, 900 castrated sex offenders had only 5% repeat offenses.

Chemical castration is the preferred method today. Studies show that chemical castration with counseling from a psychologist works well with only 40% of rapists repeating their crimes. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/wellness/1992/03/17/does-castration-stop-sex-crimes/34bf63ee-840c-41e4-9c5f-5ac1bcf95b15/). This is not a good enough statistic. In addition, there is the issue that the offender needs to take the prescription (Depo-Provera) daily to lower the testosterone.

Castration does not appear to be very harsh when comparing what women and girls have suffered and sometimes died. They will carry the scars of the abuse for their entire lives. My prayer is that they will learn to love themselves, forgive the perpetrators, and help others who have suffered abuse.

Animals are one of the many precious gifts given to us. They give us joy, comfort, healing, and food source.  When I was a young teenager, I had a horse named Babe. Its previous owner stabbed it with a pitchfork. Babe did not let any male get near him but accepted my sisters and me. When my stepfather tried to ride Babe he reared up, bared his teeth, and kept turning in circles. A week later I learned that my stepfather sold my beloved horse to a dog food factory. It broke my heart.

When I read what they do to innocent animals for cockfights, greyhound dog races, horse racing, and bullfighting I protest the cruelty. I refuse to eat veal because they confine the calf. I only eat free-range chickens or other poultry, beef, buffalo, and pork.

When I see heads of animals mounted on walls, I am repulsed. If humans were the prey, would they enjoy having their heads mounted or bodies stuffed?

Research has shown that people who have been cruel to animals are five times more likely to be cruel to humans. It is a form of power and control that children might witness and also develop the same behaviors. To break the cycle is a challenge.

For those who are cruel to animals, I suggest the same treatment: locked in small cages, held by bars, spears between their shoulder blades, starved or denied water or shelter.

St. Francis of Assisi is a saint for animals. We need to follow his example of love, caring, gentleness, and compassion for animals.

There is no simple solution to abuse. As a society, we need funding for family counseling, mental health counseling more available, reach out with support and guidance for those being abused, and continue the discussion and research into the viability of castration for repeat offenders.

The world will never be a perfect place. But if we lived by the Golden Rule, it would be a more peaceful, happier, and harmonious place to live.

~ RWISA Author, Karen Ingalls


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  1. I wonder about the level of anger that is present at all times in so many people and comes out as physical and emotional abuse of any vulnerable creature. I am not surprised that your stepfather did the most cruel thing possible to your horse and you. I grew up in a home where I learned to hide what I loved so it was safe. The pain of being treated cruelly echoes throughout one’s life. On a lighter note, when I was a kid I used to open minnow traps so the minnows could escape and would steal the jars boys trapped butterflies and bugs in and set the poor critters free. We do what we can with what we have.


  2. Though I am late in responding to your comments, I want you to know that I appreciate your thoughts and support.
    I did not include in my piece about a dream I have. And that is to have my own private island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where I would put all those castrated men who have been abusive. They would have no contact with the rest of the world. Perhaps the cycle of this behavior getting passed from one generation to the next would be stopped.
    If the Golden Rule was the basis of each human’s life, there would be far fewer social issues.


  3. Thanks for bringing this issue to the forefront, Karen. I am appalled by abusive behaviour perpetrated by males upon any and all victims. I support surgical castration for these inhuman specimens. I also think that far more needs to be done for the victims. It seems that far more public monies are spent on the criminals than on the victims. The problem is a hangover from the paternalistic, male-dominated society from which we are slowly evolving.


  4. Yvette M. Calleiro November 21, 2019 — 12:09 am

    I 100% agree with castrating sexual offenders who are found guilty. Maybe that would deter other males from even thinking of committing the crime. I’d go even further – repeat offenders should be made permanently impotent (if they don’t have a way to do that yet, then someone needs to create it). If they can’t learn to accept no as an answer, then their weapon should be taken away from them. Is it cruel? Not as cruel as what their victims will have to live with for the rest of their lives.


  5. Excellent points to ponder, put into action and pass along, Karen! 🙂 xo


  6. Hi, Karen. I am with you on everything you said, especially when it comes to the abuse of animals. Today’s legal system does not give that situation the attention it deserves, nor does it adequately punish those convicted of animal abuse. Animals are a blessing in our lives and should be treated as such. People who are properly punished for animal abuse, especially at a young age, might be diverted from abusing people down the road.
    In either case, I am a big fan of the punishment fitting the crime.


  7. Karen, you’ve brought some sobering statistics to the forefront, and yes, it is a worldwide issue that should and could be addressed. I think any abuser (male or female) would have a low IQ and multiple psychological issues. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I hope we live to see this problem addressed on a large scale!


  8. I am in agreement 100% with your measures for rapists. There is no real reason to think of the criminal as a victim. If one is truly convicted then the punishment should be whatever it takes to eliminate a repeat offense. As a proponent of animal rights, I think the legal system is still way behind where it should be in dealing with these monsters. The idea that an animal should live its life in misery is abhorrent to me. I eliminated my financial support to a university whose officials refused to sideline a football player who was convicted of animal abuse. It later was found that the university officials also ignored assault and sexual offenses by players. Most of the administration lost their jobs which was fitting. I would like to see stiffer penalties and public outcry and damnation for animal abusers.

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  9. Hi Karen, I so agree that the 40% re-offending statistic is NOT acceptable!!!

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author November 20, 2019 — 4:32 am

    I completely agree, Karen this is a very important subject to deal with either animals or humans. We do need more money into treating and preventing any more of this so it doesn’t keep passing down to the next generation.


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