Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear
But that's not how it was reported, not to mention, there were instances where corporal punishment was classified as abuse.
Yes it is. It's Chapter 7 of volume 3. The chapter is divided into 5 parts that deal with separate types of abuse. In fact, the word spanking does not even appear in the executive summary for this section of the report. They even defined physical abuse as it appears in the report:
"The wilful, reckless or negligent infliction of physical injury on, or failure to prevent such injury to, the child.
Not only by parents Tonnington. At one point the schools administered corporal punishment as well. Especially liberal with it were the RC schools.
Did they randomly beat children, burn children, dunk them in water, stab them, hose them down in cold water before beatings, beat children whilst they hung from hooks on the wall, restrain the children while someone else beats on them?
Corporal punishment ceases to be corporal punishment, when it is done for no other reason than as part of a steady diet of abuse and mistreatment. If the kid steals something and gets caught, that's a whole other matter.
I think this quote sums it up well:
"It is notable that witnesses at times described daily, casual and random physical abuse as normal and wished to report only the times when the frequency and severity of the abuse was such that they were injured or in fear for their lives.
You have to prove it was abuse, some 40 years later, when the perpetrator is dead and there is no record as to why you were spanked, one could claim it was just for sh!ts and giggles, thus a buse. But he/she could be just out to get a couple bucks too...
And this is nothing but blaming a victim, also without proof
Some people deal with it better than others. It's not like this is an unknown attribute of the human psyche. Even years after trauma, it's difficult for some people to talk about it. We know this very well with veterans. It's a bit different with kids who have to grow up in these places, without choosing.