Can brain injury lead to sex crime?

Alice Dreger, writing for the Atlantic, ventures that there could be a strong link between brain injury and sex crime. Dreger, a bioethicist at the Northwestern University, does sex research. And she wonders whether putting young kids at risk of brain injury in sports like football – “putting the game first” – is a bad idea.

The link Dreger describes is one of causation. Some studies indicate that people who are brain injured, or who otherwise sustain regular head trauma, seem to experience a loss of sexual inhibition.

In other words, a man’s sexual impulses after brain injury may be uncovered, so to speak, and fall less within the man’s control.

Dreger does not mean to say that those who have been accused of sex crime should be excused, but she does tie the two recent football problems together: the debate surrounding head trauma among football players and the Sandusky scandal. In short, Dreger wonders if there’s a link.

“[W]e need to consider the possibility,” she writes, “that sports head injuries can cause a much wider range of life-altering effects than is now being openly discussed.”

If you are facing criminal charges, contact the Maryland criminal lawyers, at the Law Office of James Crawford, before you talk to police or anyone else.

 

Source: Football and the Sexual Side Effects of Head Trauma