Researchers use crowdfunding site to raise money to test potential paedophilia treatmentBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1997 (Published 07 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1997
- Nigel Hawkes
Swedish researchers plan to use a UK based “crowdfunding” site to raise money for a trial of a potential treatment for paedophilia.
Christoffer Rahm, a psychiatrist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, has turned to the website Walacea (https://walacea.com) to raise £38 000 (€47 000; $53 500), the balance of the amount he needs to conduct a randomised controlled trial of a testosterone lowering drug in 60 Swedish men. He has already obtained grants for £70 000 from more conventional sources and has recruited the first few volunteers for the trial.
The plan is to use the drug degarelix in a trial whose endpoint will be changes in the risk factors that are believed to contribute to sexual offences: high sexual arousal, disturbed self control, and low empathy. …