Yesterday doctors Australia issued a special statement addressed to the lawmakers of the country: doctors are required to officially prohibit the use of corporal punishment in families. Too thin the line is between spanking a child and a brutal flogging.
The staff of the pediatric Department Royal medical College in the Australian city of Sydney (Sydney) published a paper in which I appeal to the parliamentarians of the country.
On behalf of the more than 14,000 doctors document was signed by the President of the College Professor Susan Moloney (Moloney Susan).
Baby doctors believe that the time has come to prohibit the use of the families of corporal punishment of children, including “innocent” spanking.
“In many cases causing children serious injury is the result of corporal punishment, which ultimately prove to be much more violent than originally planned”, – the document says.
But no less serious consequence of the “flogging” of children for educational purposes is, in the opinion of the authors of the appeal, harm to child’s psyche.
“Moral suffering of children after corporal punishment significantly increases the risk of development of depression, anxiety, aggressiveness, and propensity to antisocial behavior. These children then often develops a penchant for violence against their own spouses and children,” pediatricians warn of of Sydney.
The authors of the document refer to the experience of neighboring New Zealand, where the law, under pain of imprisonment prohibiting “educate” children using the methods of physical impact, was adopted in 2007.
Although the percentage of parents that use spanking and other methods of corporal punishment has declined in Australia over the decade from 75% to 69%, this is clearly not enough to protect young citizens from parental abuse.