Shock horror!! Childhood smacking led to attempted suicide
Is this for real? Or is the person who wrote this a woman named Anthea who used to work for the Families Commission? Maybe she still does.
"When I was about three years of age, I was molested. As a result, when I was smacked by my parents, the pain simulated me sexually. As time progressed, the continued childhood discipline smacking with the pain and humiliation associated with it caused me to become sexually attractive to the pain. I began to self-harm. The resulting intense shame, secrecy and anxiety surrounding this addictive behaviour became very long-term. Later in life it led to two suicide attempts.
I now put the shame where it appropriately belongs – at the feet of those who sexually molested and smacked me in my childhood and at the feet of individuals who still believe it is OK to smack children.
I am able to inflict high levels of pain on myself as ‘sexual stimulation’ resulting from childhood conditioning caused by being smacked. This conditioning is now managed by ongoing medical support to prevent actual self-harm.
I suffer from life-long debilitating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder resulting from the treatment I received as a child.
I disclose my real life story because smacking children as was legal under [the old] Section 59 is still considered ‘harmless’. This mindset has the real potential to put many children at risk - as it did to me. My life has been irreparably damaged by the smacking culture in my childhood.
I have witnessed many other sufferers deal with the psychological impact resulting from childhood smacking during many group psychotherapy sessions over the years."
Robert[not his real name]"
I bet it's not his real name.Who'd be silly enough to put a real name to a story like that?
Labels: Poor Robert
Says much for the intelligence of these people that they want to ban smacking which did not cause the problem but they don't just focus on the molestation which WAS the cause of the problem.
This just another example of logic or lack of logic of those who wish to undermine parental rights because ideological reasons.
If they had genuine concern about the welfare of children they would support marriage between man and woman as the preferred family model.
One just needs read the newspaper see that a disproportionate amount of extreme violence towards children is perpetrated by mother's boyfriends.
Most of the same fanatical anti smacking lobby also supported laws that treated de facto relationships the same as marriage.
There a lot of research that clearly shows that children raised in traditional families are many times less likely to be abused that children raised in alternative family structures.
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