Over the next several days, we’re going to highlight a handful of the best discussion threads that were sparked or driven by your emails this year. Reader threads provide some of the most riveting and valuable content we post on the Dish, and they remind us every day how our readership is unmatched on the web for its wisdom, eloquence, … Continue reading The Best Threads Of 2014: “When Does Spanking Become Child Abuse?”
Oct 1, 2014 @ 3:58pm “Psychological Suspense That No Child Is Equipped To Manage” A reader shares a harrowing series of stories and insights on corporal punishment, which at times borders on torture: This email is too long, Andrew. But I don’t know another way to do it. Those last sentences in your post on “The Racial Divide … Continue reading When Does Spanking Become Child Abuse?
The popular thread continues with a new angle – sexual shame: I can only remember one time I was spanked. It’s an early memory of running away and cowering in the corner while my very sweet and kind father came towards me. I was so scared. The spanking wasn’t terrible but that image will stick with me … Continue reading When Does Spanking Become Child Abuse? Ctd
Our reader who wrote the remarkable email that sparked the thread follows up again: I just wanted to thank everyone, so very much, for the conversation threads and for the editorial care. Reading the emails has been a difficult, emotionally tricky experience – and an unexpectedly healing one, too. I’m profoundly grateful for it all. The conversation continues: Wow, … Continue reading When Does Spanking Become Child Abuse? Ctd
A reader is furious: Yesterday I read your readers’ tale of abuse and wept at my desk. I endured the same torture. I had the bruises and the welts to prove it. It has caused me great mental havoc over the years. And then to read the stories trying to justify the readers’ own abuse? I … Continue reading When Does Spanking Become Abuse? Ctd
Before our discussion thread continues, here’s a followup from the reader who sparked it: I could have never sent that email without having read the post from your reader about her rape – the courage to say what happened, what it felt like, what it set in motion … and the trust to send it. No, I … Continue reading When Does Spanking Become Child Abuse? Ctd
A reader gasps at this account of child abuse from the in-tray: Oh my God, Andrew. That post on switches, told from the woman who “took it” … I was almost in tears reading it. I have a four-year-old daughter, and I am completely opposed to hitting her. My wife likes – well, likes is too strong … Continue reading When Does Spanking Become Abuse? Ctd
Two readers offer a startling contrast to this one’s story of trauma and terror: I’m not often in agreement with Sean Hannity, but I must agree that Adrian Peterson should not lose his career or go to jail over the abuse of his kid. I don’t see a whole lot of people asking us folks who were actually hit. The … Continue reading When Does Spanking Become Abuse?