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Is Spanking a Child Abusive?
Spanking a child is abusive.
Spanking is traumatizing.
Hitting a child sends the message that it is OK to be physically harmed by another.
Research demonstrates conclusively that spanking is abuse, by definition.
There are better tools that can be used to help children behave well.
Initiating physical violence against anyone without consent is assault and battery and a violation of natural rights. These rights are not dependent on age.
Many countries recognize the abusive status of spanking in their laws on child abuse.
Hitting a child is a disciplinary measure, not abuse.
Many people who were hit by their parents growing up grew up just fine.
Abuse is often unpredictable and without cause, unlike spanking.
Spanking has been done for centuries without it being considered abuse.
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