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ctfurn24
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GenesisCreation
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Spanking your child is considered abuse

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/5/2012 Category: Society
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ctfurn24

Con

I have no idea as to why parents think its okay to hit children. Even if a child is acting out violence is never the answer. Not only is hitting a child hurting them physically, but it's also emotionally and socially hurting them. Some children grow up to be an extremely violent person. A child that gets abused at home is most likely to end up being socially unstable and may even suffer from severe depression. There are so many cases in the world where a child had been killed by their abusive parent or guardian. Why should the child be punished so gruesomely for acting like a child? There should be no justification as to why a parent should beat their child. Child abuse doesnt consist of just hitting, it can be not feeding them, raping or sexually abusing them, screaming at them, or even not helping them in time of need. Neglecting a child is just as life changing and immoral as physically putting a hand on a child. About 2.34 children out of 100,000 die from injuries relating to their abuse, with 80.8% of deaths occurring in children under four years old. Knowing that statistic, why put your own blood into that much pain because you are angry or they dont meet up to a parents standards. A fourth of all girls and a sixth of boys are sexually abused by an adult before the age of 17. For these sexual abusers, they should have extremely severe consequences. The children that a person has should be brought up in a stable environment and be able to feel safe with a parent or family member. There are thousands of reports of child abuse in the world a day. Some cases are so extreme that DYFS has to get involved. The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) is New Jersey's child protection agency. Some children that get abused have no way of telling anyone because they are scared for their lives and scared that no one wil believe them. There are some hotlines that are annoymous that children are still unaware of. The state Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, also known as the State Centralized Registry, fields an average of 15,000 phone calls per month. Schools should teach children to be comfortable with higher authority and comfortable enough to tell someone who can help get this child to a stable environment. In every community there should be one stable place an abused child should be able to go.
GenesisCreation

Pro

Abuse [1]

1.to use wrongly or improperly; misuse: to abuse one's authority.

2.to treat in a harmful, injurious, or offensive way: to abuse a horse; to abuse one's eyesight.

3.to speak insultingly, harshly, and unjustly to or about; revile; malign.

4.to commit sexual assault upon.

5.wrong or improper use; misuse: the abuse of privileges.

6.harshly or coarsely insulting language: The officer heaped abuse on his men.

7.bad or improper treatment; maltreatment: The child was subjected to cruel abuse.

8.a corrupt or improper practice or custom: the abuses of a totalitarian regime.

9.rape or sexual assault.

Spank [2]

1.to strike (a person, usually a child) with the open hand, a slipper, etc., especially on the buttocks, as in punishment.

2.a blow given in spanking; a smart or resounding slap.

Opening Arguments:

A recent study following 2,600 individuals revealed that the anti-corporal punishment movement is ineffective. The source is quoted as saying:The claims made for not spanking children fail to hold up. They are not consistent with the data.” [3]

The source continues to explain that “those who were physically disciplined performed better than those who weren’t in a whole series of categories, including school grades, an optimistic outlook on life, the willingness to perform volunteer work, and the ambition to attend college”.[3]

During the course of this debate, I will satisfy the burden of proof for the following points:

  • Spanking is a moral and effective tool for child rearing.
  • Spanking is not abusive.
  • Child abuse, molestation, rape and neglect are not synonymous with spanking.
  • A reduction in the application of corporal punishment has directly resulted in an increase in
    criminal behavior.
  • Spanking is not conducive to the emergence of a violent adulthood.
  • A healthy combination of positive reinforcement and corporal punishment yields the most effective,
    moral and contributing adult citizen.

I look forward to the debate. The floor is yours Con.

Debate Round No. 1
ctfurn24

Con

Cruelty to a child includes inflicting unnecessarily severe corporal punishment upon a child.
� 9:6-1. [Civil Code] "Abuse" includes a parent, guardian, or other person with control or custody inflicting excessive corporal punishment (which must be excessive to the point that the child's physical, mental, or emotional condition has been impaired or is in imminent danger of becoming impaired as a result).
� 2C:3-8. [Criminal Code] Justification is not available if the person recklessly or negligently injures or creates a risk of injury.
any kind of physical harm to a child is considered abuse. spanking just teaches the child that its okay to hit as a punishment for being bad. say the child went to school the next day an saw another child acting out, if he were to hit him or"spank him" he would be in the wrong. it teaches a child to take actions into their own hands. some parents even t of control with trying to punish their children especially with hitting. There is the slight tap on the wrist and there is the actual slapping open handed to the bottom, face, arm or anything on the child. In years past, teachers silently instilled fear in their young students by displaying the wooden "paddle" on the classroom wall, as a reminder of the standard punishment for misbehavior. Today the paddle has been replaced with a "time-out" chair, a pass to the school office or a telephone call home. On the home front, however, the debate still rages as to whether spanking is proper punishment for children or is instead an abusive form of discipline.

State laws and state administrative regulations vary as to the appropriate forms of punishment in different settings, including schools, day care centers and homes
Student handbooks and staff rules may define what forms of punishment are allowed in the school setting
Parents should thoroughly review with day care providers the forms of discipline which the parents will and will not authorize.
physical force on a child does not teach them the proper ways of life. they start relating more to violence and will resort to it while trying to "punish" someone. they could possibly become abusive in relationships with friends or their own family. in any case putting your hands on a child is not right.
GenesisCreation

Pro


My opponent claims:“’Abuse’ includes a parent, guardian, or other person with control or custody
inflicting excessive corporal punishment (which must be excessive to the point that the child's physical,
mental, or emotional condition has been impaired or is in imminent danger of becoming impaired as a result).

Rebuttal: Absolutely correct. Abuse is an excessive punishment resulting in impairment.

My source has clearly shown that moderate, properly applied corporal punishment strengthens the child.
Spanking is not abusive and my opponent has failed to supply any reason or source to draw a clear
connection between spanking and excessive beatings.

Arguments extended to next round:” Spanking is beneficial”.

My opponent claims:” Justification is not available if the person recklessly or negligently injures or
creates a risk of injury.
Rebuttal: Absolutely correct. There is no excuse or justification for an injury to result from excessive
corporal punishment to a child. That would be child abuse.

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Next round Arguments:

The United States recognizes child abuse as a separate entity from appropriate corporal punishment. Spanking is legal. [1] In the state of Alabama, a parent “may use reasonable and appropriate physical force when and to the extent he reasonably believes it necessary and appropriate to maintain discipline or promote welfare of the child.” [2]

In Alaska, the “Parent/guardian/other person with care and supervision of child under 18 may use reasonable and
appropriate non-deadly force upon the child.
” [3]

Arkansas takes it a step further and defines spanking as a separate entity from abuse. As quoted by state law: “Abuse does not include physical discipline of a child if reasonable and moderate and inflicted by a parent or guardian for restraining or correcting a child.”

During the first two rounds of this debate I provided evidence for the 1st half of my burden of proof:

  • Spanking is a moral and effective tool for child rearing.
  • Spanking is not abusive.
  • Child abuse, molestation, rape and neglect are not synonymous with spanking.

I look forward to the next round of this debate.


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References from this round:

http://en.wikipedia.org... [1]

Sec. 13A-3-24. [Cr.] [2]

Sec. 11.81.430.[Cr.] [3]

Sec. 9-27-303(B).[Ci.] [4]

References from previous round :

http://dictionary.reference.com... [1]

http://dictionary.reference.com... [2]

Debate Round No. 2
ctfurn24

Con

ctfurn24 forfeited this round.
GenesisCreation

Pro

Arguments extended to next round.
Debate Round No. 3
ctfurn24

Con

ctfurn24 forfeited this round.
GenesisCreation

Pro

Arguments extended to next round. (Please forfeit, instead of letting the time run out.)
Debate Round No. 4
ctfurn24

Con

ctfurn24 forfeited this round.
GenesisCreation

Pro

Upsetting. Second debate in a row. Please vote Pro.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by Anayansi 4 years ago
Anayansi
If spanking is abuse, then children should not play football, basketball, tag, baseball, because they can involve hitting, so they would be "abuse".
Posted by TUF 4 years ago
TUF
"Child abuse is good!"

I know tons of people ready to make that argument!
Posted by Zaradi 4 years ago
Zaradi
There are arguments to be made (i.e. effectiveness of spanking or other forms of punishment compared to the consequences of doing it), but the arguments still aren't very good. The only thing I can see effectively working is a heavy philosophical-type argument, which even still has major problems. Definetely a one-sided debate.
Posted by igaryoak 4 years ago
igaryoak
Could you be more specific about what you are debating?
Posted by lannan13 4 years ago
lannan13
Who the hell goin to accept with a topic like that.
Posted by GenesisCreation 4 years ago
GenesisCreation
Perhaps if you changed the topic to:" Spanking your child is abusive" or "negative reinforcement is a type of abuse."
Posted by GenesisCreation 4 years ago
GenesisCreation
This should be a forum, not a debate. I don't believe you will find an opponent who will argue the merit of sexual assault and rape. This seems like a silly debate.
Posted by THEBOMB 4 years ago
THEBOMB
Who's going to go pro child abuse....
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