SPANKING - Questions and answers about disciplinary violence
World geography of disciplinary violence by continent and country
Where can information be found about the status of corporal punishment worldwide?
The U.N.'s human rights website is the most comprehensive. Its reports of the meetings of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, along with the Committee’s observations, are a rich source of information. Other sites, indicated in the bibliography, also provide clips of information from the news.
[For readers of English, the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children also has an excellent comprehensive site at www.endcorporalpunishment.org.]
It is dismaying. On every continent, most often at home as well as in the schools, children are being subjected to a hailstorm of blows or living under threat of such. In most countries, the act of beating a child is allowed, if not recommended or even mandated by parents' religion or customs. Social services generally do not step in, except for (at best) cases where the blows have left clearly visible marks, such as bruises or broken skin, or have killed the child. Taboos with respect to physical punishment, especially when it occurs within the family, are even stricter than those surrounding incest or sexual abuse. Initial reports by nations before the Committee on the Rights of the Child, while they usually discuss incest, often "forget" about corporal punishment.