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Argument: Corporal punishment often escalates to child abuse

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U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, 1991-SEP-15: "...the use of corporal punishment in schools is intrinsically related to child maltreatment."[1]


"Child Corporal Punishment: Spanking. The anti-spanking position". Religious tolerance: "It can escalate to abuse: Because a spanking works for a while, the parent often repeats the spanking whenever the child misbehaves. Corporal punishment may then become a standard response to any misbehavior. This can lead to increasingly frequent and harsher spanking which can exceed the "reasonable force" threshold and become abuse. According to the Institute for the Prevention of Child Abuse, "85% of all cases of physical abuse result from some form of over-discipline through the use of corporal punishment". Each year about 44 Canadian children are known to have been killed by family members; 35 of them by parents. The figures for the United States are probably about 10 times higher."

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