Spanking, Whooping, Beating: It's All Hitting

October 3, 2014 5:33 PM

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There is now a national conversation about the difference between spanking and physical abuse. Many Americans are uncomfortable about physical punishment that injures children, but still favor milder forms such as spanking. In accepting spanking as a form of discipline, we, as a country, are condoning violence against children.

Spanking is hitting, plain and simple. Think about it. Spanking involves a big, powerful person hitting a smaller, less powerful person. Just calling it "spanking" instead of "hitting" does not change that fact. Children are the only group of people whom it is legal for adults to hit. Across all sta...

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