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Parents who use physical chastisement may unsuspectingly provoke the alienation of their children and division of their families, even if the parents have not strayed across those hazy boundaries between legal corporal punishment and criminal assault or child abuse in countries that still permit such punishment. The international human rights law prohibition on corporal punishment of children and the fifteen national bans on such chastisement are obviously designed to spare children from a great deal of unnecessary suffering. The legal prohibition on all corporal punishment of children may additionally further societal interests in peace, democracy, and respect for human rights by populating the world with fewer inordinately aggressive, antisocial, unfeeling, and emotionally disturbed individuals. Renouncing corporal punishment of our children and students is a measure within the reach of the most disenfranchised and outcast adults.

Keywords: corporal punishment of children; international human rights law



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