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Is Spanking a Child Abusive?
Spanking a child is abusive
Spanking a child sends the message that it is OK to be physically harmed by another.
By definition, spanking is abuse.
Initiating physical violence against anyone without consent is assault and battery, and a violation of natural rights. These rights are not dependent on age.
Spanking has been recognised as having long term detrimental effects on mental health.
Spanking is traumatizing.
Hitting a child teaches them that whoever is physically bigger/ stronger can use force to get their own way. This also teaches them that discussions are not effective as force.
Spanking is recognized as child abuse in many countries.
Spanking a child is a disciplinary measure, not abuse.
A slap on the behind can send a clear signal to a child that it has crossed a line. However a slap in the face is much more intimate and distressing.
Abuse is often unpredictable and without cause, unlike spanking.
Spanking has been done for centuries without it being considered abuse.
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