By Nigel J. Covington III
Editor in Chief
<National Report> For my generation corporal punishment (CP) was all but non-existent. An antiquated form of punishment that was mainstream predominantly all over the world once, but its use in the U.S. was largely abandoned by the 1970s. While researching this story I was stunned by the testimonials of those who grew up during the era of CP including my father and grandfather. Their accounts I found in direct conflict with the testimonies and affidavits provided by professionals who opposed CP 40 to 50 years ago.
Professionals opposed to the use of CP often described the very worst cases of child abuse they’d encountered in their professional capacity. By providing details of the most unthinkable acts forced upon children by an adult these extreme cases were presented as the “norm” in households where CP was used. In many of these cases beatings, sexual abuse, torture and trauma all became words used to define the simple use of corporal punishment. This of course is far from the truth.
The word “spank” or “spanking” was soon removed from professional publications. In professional circles spanking a child soon became one method an adult could use to “beat” a child. Soon spankings were no longer associated with discipline but with a physical attack or assault; the medical, mental health and legal professions likewise followed suit.
Meanwhile the professionals who provided the most colorful descriptions of CP received acknowledgement from their peers for their groundbreaking work into breaking the cycle of domestic violence, a term still in popular use today.
Doctors, child psychologists, youth counselors, educators and child rights advocates all signed off on the changes by doing nothing more than applying the new standards adopted by their respected professions.
The simple use of corporal punishment or “spanking” a child in the home was exaggerated by those “professionals” who understood the wealth that could be obtained by specializing in criminal child abuse cases. Their descriptions of bloody horrors, mental anguish, physical trauma, suicides, sexual abuse, torture, and the out of control sadistic authority figures including parents that were hell bent on beating children until the abuser exploded in a powerful sexual orgasm were predominantly all for profit.
One British author even suggested that some of the children who’d been spanked during their grade school years developed masochist fetishes well before puberty. This it was claimed, locked the child into a lifelong role or “sexual identity.” Those who became mentally damaged in this manner would frequently act out several times a day in order to get spanked by a certain teacher or the principal thereby achieving sexual gratification.
Look for the second part of Revisiting Corporal Punishment which takes a rational perspective on the history of CP in the U.S. Read the stories and well documented accounts by those who were “victims” of the occasional spanking. It may surprise you to learn that those on the receiving end of the paddle at home and in school pretty much nix the many outrageous claims used by professionals decades ago to line their own pockets.
Finally we’ll look at the cost to our nation and the damage done by liberal Democrats and the “professionals” who oppose CP by using highly exaggerated accounts of abuse cases and presenting this dangerous propaganda as if it were a huge epidemic in the U.S. Abandoning CP has clearly devastated much of the American way of life, society and culture.