It should do so, including the immediate repeal of Section 43 of the Criminal Code. Among scientists, there is a consensus that actual physical abuse damages children, directly and over the course of a life. Adams, who claims her father often beat her. Spanking reaches across many races and cultures. Most Canadians have not heard of Section 43 Most Canadians have never heard of section 43 of the Criminal Code, nor are they aware that the Supreme Court has restricted the use of corporal punishment, nor do they know that Canada has not honoured its commitment to adhere to article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. All parents surely want to raise well-adjusted children. While child-safety advocates have called for Judge Adams removal from the bench and local police say they've opened an investigation, many Americans have come to the defense of the judge, saying it's a parent's responsibility to discipline a child in order to shape character.
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When does spanking become abuse?
Although not all children who have been abused are affected the same way, decades of research show that child abuse initiates a cascade of negative social, emotional and health-related outcomes. In some countries, such discipline could land a parent in jail. The law that effectively says to children, "You are not worthy of the protection against assault that is granted to adults," remains on the books. Children need love and positive parenting What all of these organizations, know--what decades of data tells them--is that discipline shouldn't mean physical punishment and that physical punishment is ineffective as discipline.