Violence toward children at home

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ILLUSTRATION: Gregory Nemec, from "Teachers College Reports," Columbia University, Vol. 3, No. 1, Winter 2001

"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 "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

By Jordan Riak

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  1. Six Memorable Quotes, From Haim G. Ginott (1922–1973)
    Dangerous Product Injures Children: Consumer Product Safety Commission looks at child safety with one eye shut
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    Time to padlock paddle peddlers!
    A call for action from Susan Lawrence, September 25, 2007

  2. Positive Discipline — Combating defiance with love, By Rachel Lowry, Deseret News, July 31, 2012

  3. Hitting someone is never right
    By John Ostwald, The Record, July 29, 2012

  4. Presbyterian Church Rejects Spanking , By Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 5, 2012

  5. Dealing with Domestic Violence: Cure or Cover-up?, By Jordan Riak, June 7, 2012

  6. Nashville trying to reduce domestic violence, By The Associated Press, The Daily Herald, May 21, 2012

  7. Finland: Corporal punishment fades into history, Yle Uutiset, May 16, 2012

  8. Irreparable Harm, By Erin Mathews, Salina Journal, April 29, 2012

  9. Noted child advocate underscores historical roots of ‘whoopings', By Lu Ann Franklin, Times Correspondent,, April 28, 2012

  10. Abuse Remembered, Abuse Relived, Letter to PTAVE from Singapore, January 22, 2012

  11. Summit planned to improve child protection, By Associated Press, Bowling Green Daily News, January 1, 2012

  12. Sacramento's 'girl with a hundred scars' files claim for damages, By Marjie Lundstrom,, Sacramento Bee, December 19, 2011

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

  14. Girl spanked to death in the name of God, By Gary Tuchman, "Anderson Copper 360," CNN, August 15, 2011

  15. Girl, 2, Dies after Spanking, SOURCE:, May 27, 2011

  16. Spanking is the second mistake, By Leslie Cabarga, Ventura County Online, April 7, 2011

  17. Editorial: Time to end corporal punishment, By John M. Crisp, Scripps Howard News Service, March 21, 2011

  18. Court ruling isn't a green light for parents to whack kids, By Star-Ledger Editorial Board, Star-Ledger, February 3, 2011

  19. East Texas Woman Faces Three Felony Counts In Horrific Child Abuse Case, John Nova Lomax, Houston Press, November 4, 2010


  21. Tunisian law bans spanking of children, By AFP, The Sydney Morning Herald, July 22, 2010

  22. Police: Dead toddler had signs of trauma, By Ashley Kelly, Newport News, July 21, 2010

  23. Soon, beating your child could land you in jail, By Himanshi Dhawan, TNN, The Times of India, July 16, 2010

  24. Brazil president seeks legal ban on smacking, BBC, July 15, 2010

  25. Brazil Government Wants to Ban Corporal Punishment of Kids, Latin American Herald Tribune, July 14, 2010

  26. Spankings can turn easily into abuse, By Greg Segan,, July 6, 2010

  27. Police: Man tortured 4-year-old to death for wetting his pants, By Jason Kessler, CNN, April 15, 2010

  28. Spanking children can lead to aggressive behavior: study, AFP, April 13, 2010

  29. Another Reason Not to Spank: Raising a Bully, By Psych Central News Editor, Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D, April 12, 2010

  30. MARYLAND SENATE BILL 689, By: Senators Raskin and Madaleno, Introduced and read first time: February 10, 2010, Domestic Violence – Reasonable Corporal Punishment – Limitations.

  31. To spank or not to spank: What does Texas law say?, Reported by: Jaie Avila, , February 13, 2010

  32. Mother Accused Of Shaking, Killing Baby. Police Say 21-Year-Old Shook Boy Because He Was Crying,, January 21, 2010

  33. How punishment can affect health, By Jordan Riak, June 2009

  34. Holcomb found guilty, By Tammie Toler, Daily Telegraph, April 23, 2009

  35. Letter to Mom, By S.R., January 31, 2009

  36. Britain mulling ban on spanking,, October 7, 2008

  37. Spare the Rod: Why you shouldn't hit your kids, By Alan E. Kazdin, Slate, September 24, 2008

  38. Time to plug spanking loophole, By Judy Arnall, The Calgary Herald, June 27, 2008

  39. ENDANGERMENT ALLEGATIONS: Parents face murder charge; 4-year-old died during 17 hours left in SUV. Parents face murder charge, By Brian Haynes, Las Vegas Review-Journal, June 26, 2008

  40. Trial set to begin today for Evansville man accused of beating 7-year-old boy, By Kate Braser, Evansville Courier and Press, June 30, 2008

  41. Snohomish boy beaten, allegedly over poor grades, By Jackson Holtz, Herald Writer,, June 21, 2008

  42. Parenting: The line between punishment and abuse, By Melanie Barwick, PhD., C.Psych. CBC News, June 20, 2008

  43. DFCS Official Pleads Guilty to Child Cruelty, Posted By: Tracey Christensen,, June 18, 2008

  44. Stabbing provokes questions of abuse, By Rhiannon Meyers, The Daily News, June 8, 2008

  45. What do I do?, A letter from Amber, June 7, 2008

  46. Paedophile begs to be castrated, Eastbourn Today, March 5, 2008

  47. Orlando-area father arrested on 350 counts of sexual abuse, By Susan Jacobson, Sentinel Staff Writer, Orlando Sentinel, March 3, 2008

  48. Spanking Kids Increases Risk of Sexual Problems as Adults, New Research Shows, By Murray Straus, University of New Hampshire, February 28, 2008

  49. Spanking Kids Causes Sexual Problems, By MedHeadlines, February 29, 2008

  50. Spanking may lead to sexual deviancy in years of maturity, Front page / Science, SOURCE:, February 28, 2008

  51. The whip, the paddle, the hickory switch, Presentation, Feb. 23, 2008, Black History Month Celebration, San Mateo Public Library, by Jordan Riak

  52. UK: Campaign to ban smacking, By Patrick Wintour, political editor (, The Guardian, February 15 2008

  53. Husband Arrested After 'Spanking' of 5-Year-Old, By Jacqueline Ortiz, (,, February 19, 2008

  54. They let it die -- Deadline kills “anti-spanking” bill in state assembly, California Catholic Daily, February 7, 2008

  55. Welts, not welfare: Boss's protective maneuvers send a message that undermines DFCS mission — children's safety, By Maureen Downey, (Atlantic Journal-Constitution,) January 29, 2008

  56. Florida mother arrested for allegedly beating her 10-month-old son, KAUZ 6 News, January 21, 2008

  57. Murder Case Tests Limits on Parents’ Right to Hit, By Andy Newman and Leslie Kaufman, The New York Times, January 20, 2008

  58. DC Mayor Fenty Fires 6 Child Welfare Workers In Girls' Deaths -- Four Children Had Not Been Seen for Months, By Petula Dvorak and David Nakamura, Washington Post Staff Writers, Washington Post, January 15, 2008

  59. NEW ZEALAND: Smacking prosecution fears misplaced, Children's Rights Information Network (CRIN), December 21, 2007

  60. SPAIN: Parents banned from smacking children, Reporting by Ben Harding; Editing by Ibon Villelabeitia, Reuters, December 20, 2007

  61. CHILE: The Minister of Justice of the Government of Chile announces the prohibition of physical punishment as a method of correction for children, Children's Rights Information Network (CRIN), December 18, 2007

  62. Spanking creates new, worse problems, By Armin Brott, McClatchy-Tribune News Service, November 7, 2007

  63. DCF to investigate belt-spanking dad, (Florida), September 25, 2007

  64. Give kids a hiding, MPs told,, September 18, 2007

  65. Girl Hit In Face With Belt Buckle, Mid-South child abuse investigation,, August 15, 2007

  66. Boy whose mother is accused died of repeated injuries, doctor says, By Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer, San Francisco Chronicle, August 10, 2007

  67. Child abuse alarm, By Mary Papadakis, Herald Sun (Melbourne), July 8, 2007

  68. Montigny wants DSS investigated in city child abuse case, By Brian Boyd, staff writer, Standard Times, July 7, 2007

  69. Woman Dies 16 Years After Beating
    Victim Fell Into Coma at Age Seven After Father's Brutal Attack, AOL News, July 4, 2007

  70. Punches killed boy, says doctor, By Brendan Roberts, Herald-Sun, June 16, 2007

  71. Judge says mom can stand trial; Accused of abusing her 2 children, By Kelly Soderlund, Journal Gazette, May 26, 2007

  72. Belinda's story: As told by her mother, April 2007

  73. Church instructs parents: Spanking is God's will, By John Geluardi and Kim Wetzel, Contra Costa Times, April 26, 2007

  74. Deadly discipline - Vicksburg mother beat 5-year-old to death because he couldn't count to 20, By staff and wire reports, The Clarion Ledger, November 18, 2006

  75. A Klansman's stepdaughter recalls his "discipline" By Lisa Crawford, SOURCE: Cynara Jane: weblog entry (August 6, 2006)

  76. 'He kept on hitting me' -- Sam Malone's domestic violence trial starts By Sharon Coolidge, Enquirer Staff Writer, The Cincinnati Enquirer, January 24, 2006

  77. Three Girls and Their Dolls, By Jordan Riak, November 2003

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

  79. Lombard man gets 13 years for beating teen By Stacy St. Clair, North County Times (Chicago), March 27, 2003

  80. Burning Son's Hand Gets Dad $100 Fine, By Stuart Pfeifer and Jennifer Mena, Times staff writers, Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2002

  81. Evil parents tortured Chevy, New York Post, April 23, 2007

  82. Girl died after parents hit her 160 times, court told, By Kirsten Scharnberg and Eric Ferkenhoff, Tribune staff reporters, Tribune staff reporter Rudolph Bush contributed to this report, Chicago Tribune, November 14, 2001

  83. 8-year-old girl dies after whipping and "boot camp" treatment, By David Doege, Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee), February 16, 2000

  84. Old-fashioned 'whupping' gets backing By Christopher Quinn, (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, February 15, 1999

  85. Electrical Shock Punishment for Kids, Jail for Dad , USA TODAY, July 15, 1996

  86. Jury determines spanking of son was not excessive By Michael P. Rellahan, Daily Local News,(West Chester, Pa.), January 5, 1996

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ILLUSTRATION: Barbara Neff      

A good parent never spares the rod.

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