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"The greatest terror a child can have is that he is not loved, and rejection is the hell he fears. I think everyone in the world to a large or small extent has felt rejection. And with rejection comes anger, and with anger some kind of crime in revenge for the rejection, and with the crime guilt – and there is the story of mankind." — John Steinbeck, East of Eden, 1952

"If we are ever to turn toward a kindlier society and a safer world, a revulsion against the physical punishment of children would be a good place to start." — Dr. Benjamin Spock

"There never was a time when a major social problem was solved by beating a child. And there never will be such a time... For centuries adults have injured children and have lied about it, and other adults have heard those lies and then merely turned away," — Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop, 1989. Read more.

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" — Eleanor Roosevelt

"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children." — Mahatma Gandhi

"There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children." — Nelson Mandela

"Despite frequent and loud screaming heard coming from the house, the neighbor said there was no indication of abuse." Contra Costa Times, September 4, 2008

Photo: Julika Miller
Alice Miller 1923 - 2010

By Jordan Riak

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Hablando Claro
Sobre el Castigo Físico
Contra los Niños

Traducción de Martín Lamarque

Urdu Edition
Plain Talk about Spanking

Translation by Munib-ur-Rehman

If Urdu text fails to open, do the following. Open Adobe Reader – click on Edit – Preferences – Uncheck “Enable Protected Mode at Startup” – Close Adobe Reader. That should solve the problem.


Bulgarian Edition of "Plain Talk about Spanking", Translated by Mina Parcheva
  — PTAVE, June 2014

Spanking Bans Imminent in South Africa and Brazil
  — June 2014

Message to the PTAVE List
  — November 2013

An Open Letter to All Readers
  — PTAVE, June 2013

  — An urgent message from PTAVE

The Origin and True Purpose of the Paddle
  — By George Ryley Scott; William H. Grier, M.D.; Price M. Cobbs, M.D.

Editorials opposing corporal punishment, 1871-2013

Three Letters of Support and Encouragement
  — Menninger, Montagu & Miller

It's time to quit hitting the kids
  — By John M. Crisp - Scripps Howard News Service, The Republic, Columbus, Indiana, October 22, 2012

Editorial: Positive parenting, not physical punishment
  — By John Fletcher, MB BChir MPH, Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Medical Association Journal, September 4, 2012

An Open Letter to Arkansas Educators
  — From PTAVE, September 11, 2012

Why Does Everyone Pretend There's A 'Spanking Debate'?
  — By Lisa Belkin, Huffington Post, July 9, 2012
  — By Stefan Molyneux, Freedomain Radio

Pain Dealers
  — PTAVE, 2012


How to Prevent VIOLENT CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR in the Next Generation
  — By Jordan Riak, PTAVE, 1995

Physical punishment of children: lessons from 20 years of research
  — By Joan Durrant, PhD & Ron Ensom, MSW, RSW, Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2012

Cruel child punishments, recorded live

Spanking children brutal, unproductive; so why do it?
  — By Bud Wright, Columnist, The Daily Advance, February 17, 2012

Corporal Punishment of Schoolchildren: Two Opposing Positions
  — Georgia lawmaker rejects comparison to slavery, January 2012

Assessing the Economic Importance of Reducing Violence – Healthcare's Violent Struggle
  — By Madeleine Y. Gomez, Ph.D. & Ernest Zambrano, MBA., CASEINPOINT, December 2011 - January 2012

A bright line not yet drawn
  — By Jonathan Zimmerman, INQUIRER - philly.com, November 29, 2011

Judge William Adams Caught Beating Daughter on Video
International Business Times   — US, November 2, 2011

Video prompts investigation of child abuse at youth boot camp
  — New York Daily News, By The Associated Press, October 29, 2011

Behind closed doors: America's child death shame
  — BBC NEWS – US & Canada, October 17, 2011

Our View: Educate parents about value of nonviolent discipline
  — Editorial, The Standard-Times, New Bedford, Massachusetts, October 9, 2011

Man arrested for beating video
  — Editorial, By CNN, October 7, 2011

THIS HURTS ME more than it hurts you
  — Nadine Block & Madeleine Gomez, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bill Banning Corporal Punishment in Schools To Be Introduced in Congress
  — U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, September 21, 2011

Let's Act on the Evidence
  — By Jordan Riak, September 15, 2011

The Facts about Spanking
  – By Stefan Molyneux, Freedomain Radio, August 28, 2011

Girl spanked to death in the name of God
  — By Gary Tuchman, "Anderson Cooper 360o," CNN, August 15, 2011

Health Risks to Children Associated With Forced Retention of Bodily Waste
  — A statement by healthcare professionals, Updated August 2011

Secretary Duncan, Attorney General Holder Announce Effort to Respond to School-to-Prison Pipeline by Supporting Good Discipline Practices
  — By Education Department, Ed.gov, July 21, 2011

The Debate on Spanking is Dead
  — By James C. Talbot, June 27, 2011

Truth or Illusion?, Afterword to the Second Edition (1984) of For Your Own Good
  — Alice Miller

An Open Letter to President Obama From Children's Rights Advocates
  — December 10, 2008

Letter to Texas Governor Rick Perry
  — PTAVE, May 25, 2011

Open Letter to the Principal of a Paddling School
  — PTAVE, April 28, 2011

Corporal Punishment of Schoolchildren: The Problem and the Cure
  — Jordan Riak, March 21, 2011

Resolution to Encourage The Elimination of Corporal Punishment in Public Schools
  — By The NLGA (National Lt. Governors Assoc.), March 25, 2011

Childhood Roots of Empathy, Peace and Nonviolence
  — Video of Mitch Hall's presentation to the Ahimsa meeting in Berkeley, CA, December 7, 2010

Corporal Punishment in American Schools – Teaching Through Terror?
  — By Lisa Kaas Boyle, Environmental Attorney Huffingtonpost.com, June 4, 2011

Corporal Punishment — Topic Overview
  — Author: Healthwise Staff, Kaiser Permanente, Last Revised: December 10, 2010

It's time to toss the trash!
  — Jordan Riak, December 2010

Two bad behaviors
  — PTAVE, January 11, 2011

An Arcane, Destructive – and Still Legal – Practice
  — Deborah J. Vagins,
The Huffington Post, June 30, 2010

Time to Ban Physical Punishment of Students in all Schools
  — Stacey Patton,
The Defenders Online - A Civil Rights Blog of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund web site, May 21, 2010

United States House Committee on Education and Labor considers ban on corporal punishment in U.S. schools, April 15, 2010. Testimony of:
  — Donald E. Greydanus, MD, Pediatrics Program Director at the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies.
  — Linda Pee, mother of abused student

The origin and true purpose of the paddle.
  — George Ryley Scott; William H. Grier, M.D. and Price M. Cobbs, M.D.

Deadly Restraint
  — By Jordan Riak

Phoenix Children's Hospital: Report on Physical Punishment in the United States.
  — Dr. Elizabeth Gershoff

223,190 Kids Legally Beaten in US Schools
  — Anthony Adams

Old Woman in a Shoe
  — Jordan Riak

Research at U. of N.H. shows how spanking affects I.Q.
View video; Read article.
  — Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC's chief medical editor
  — Dr. Murray Straus, U. of N.H.

The Bomb in the Brain: A documentary about the long-term effects of child abuse
  — Stefan Molyneux

The King of Pain
  — Max Blumenthal

Dangerous Product Injures Children
  — PTAVE's letter to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

How punishment can affect health
  — By Jordan Riak, June 2009

Sowing the seeds of sadomasochism
  — Jordan Riak

State Actors Beating Children: A Call For Judicial Relief
  — Deana Pollard Sacks

Teachers who Bully Students: Patterns and Policy Implications
  — Alan McEvoy, Ph.D., Wittenberg University, 2005

Child Marriage: An issue whose time has come
  — Compiled By Tom Johnson, November 10, 2003

Three Girls and Their Dolls
  — By Jordan Riak, November 2003

The Sexual Dangers of Spanking Children
  — By Tom Johnson, 2002

It's a bad lesson to teach our children
  — Caroline Wean, Vice President and General Manager of KPIX-TV, 1985 (Allow download time for audio.)

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Flogging for God
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Spanking can be sexual abuse
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Childhood origins of terrorism
Christians for nonviolent parenting
Criando niños sin violencia
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Questions and answers
about disciplinary violence

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