Do you condone child abuse? Upon hearing the question, the presumably immediate answer is an unequivocal “no.” This presumption would further flow into the expected answers of the general public. This is a firm notion that we expect most people to hold: Child abuse is bad. Yet, according to a 2021 American Family Survey, fort seven percent of the United States population supports child abuse in some circumstances. While it is true that the child abuse described in the survey had a different name, it is nonetheless child abuse. This “other name” is corporal punishment, which consists of using physical force upon a child to maintain discipline.
This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on November 24, 2021. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.
Patz, Julia, "Abolishing the Corporal Punishment Exception to Child Abuse in New York" (2021). ERSJ Blog. 13.