1. “Culture War” Propaganda that Supports Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse
2. School Beatings in the News “Parental “Support” (as long as they remain ignorant)
3. Paddling: “Out of Control” Pseudo Science
4. Paddling Brutality and Injuries
5. Reasons for Paddling
6. Can We Justify Child and Adolescent abuse?
7. Does Paddling Do Any Good?
8. The Phallic Paddle
9. Padding in the Digital Age: “Bringing Back the ‘Good Old Days?’”
10. “Did Jesus Teach "School Paddling?”
11. Other Religious Views
12. Lifetime Sexual and Psychological Damage for Victims and Witnesses
·Victim’s Quotes: Feelings About Paddling
·Paddling’s lifelong, mostly hidden, effects on the victims
·Does the sexual nature of paddling really have to be explained?
·Others affected: The teen who witnessed a man slapping a woman…
·“Who would be affected if ‘Mr. Brady’ had spanked Marcia on TV?”
·Effects on the Witnesses Quotes
·Psychological Dissociation
·The Stockholm Syndrome
·Masochism Perversions Forced Upon Schoolgirls
·Manipulative Sado-masochistic “Praise” Quotes
13. Sadism: a Job Hazard for Paddlers
14. School Paddling as Sexual Harassment
The study of trauma-induced psychological problems is a rapidly growing science, with new studies and books released continually. Since the interested seeker will have no trouble finding volumes of good material, written by professional researchers, on the Internet, in libraries, and in bookstores, and since I am not a psychologist, we won’t try to create such a resource here. We’ll instead present a bit of general information to raise some awareness and point readers in the right direction for further study.
For those who want more scholarship in their reading than I can offer, there are many hundreds of books and psychological studies that deal with child abuse and school paddling. If I were to recommend only one book, at least as a starter, it would be one that does not deal directly with school paddling: “Trauma and Addiction,” by Dr. Tian Dayton. There are many psychological studies as well as books by true research experts written for the general public by Dr. Murray Straus and Dr. Irwin Hyman.
Paddling children and adolescents, with its unscientific, reckless, and abuse prone violence, coercion, and sexual aspects, has been documented to cause Post Traumatic Stress disorder. Child abuse is, in fact, one of the most common ways that dissociation disorders can be induced into people, and it should thus come as no surprise that school paddling is very capable of rising to the level of trauma-inducing abuse. In fact many cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have been documented from school paddling. I am sure that paddling is the hidden cause of many other dissociative disorders as well, and that this type of harm is far more widespread than even most researchers might imagine. As with the bruises below the underpants, this type of paddle damage is largely “hidden from view” and undiagnosed. Certainly few of the rum-dums who dole out school paddling would know a dissociation disorder if they saw it.
The harms from spanking and paddling child abuse can sometimes take seemingly unrelated forms such as self-mutilation. The “bad kids” who dress as Goths may be crying out for help if they get a lot of peircing done. (For others it may be simply a fad.) One woman, now middle aged, was severely tortured as a child by her father under the pretense of “spanking.” She was stripped naked and beaten with many objects, including a stick that she would have to go and “pick out.” She developed self-destructive behaviors. She would pull her skin off a minor cut and keep pulling, as a child and throughout adulthood. She wanted to “see if she was real.” She continued to suffer from increased forms of “self-mutilation” through middle age, which she largely managed to disguise from the world. Self-mutilation is, in fact, another of a long list of common dissociation by-products of people who suffer from child abuse.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the Stockholm Syndrome, dissociative amnesia, depersonalization disorder, and even to some degree our national “doublethink” about the physical and sexual abuse aspects of paddling that we both know about, and pretend not to know about, are all generally related to psychological dissociation.
Dissociation is a way that humans try to cope with traumatic events that are too overwhelming to mentally process in the ordinary ways. It generally involves the brain somehow “removing” the person, who in the context of child abuse we can rightly call, “the victim,” from the scene, at least partially. The results can include memory loss of the entire event, selective memory loss of certain parts of the event, or a “dissociation” at the time of the event where the victims feel like they “float away.” At the time it is occurring the victim might experience the trauma as surreal. Later she may suffer from flashbacks, nightmares, depression, harmful attempts to “re-live” the trauma, and unexplained addictions to substances and risky lifestyles in an attempt to “kill the pain” or “flee from the memories.” This type of trauma, particularly to young children, can also result in an extreme dissociation, “split personality.”
I am no psychologist, so I can’t make a clinical diagnosis, especially based on a few interviews that center on a single topic. I’ve recently, however, read a fair amount of materials on various types of dissociation. I felt a tremendous sense of revelation, as I suspect many victims of this type of abuse would also. The descriptions of psychological dissociation and its aftereffects “fit the pattern” of what so many of the young women we interviewed went through (and indeed are still going through). Many otherwise mysterious experiences and lifestyle choices that paddle victims had related to us suddenly made sense.
Chapter 12: Lifetime Sexual and Psychological Damage for Victims and Witnesses