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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
·“By the numbers”—the number of victims every year, the number of paddlings each receives every year, and the number of “licks” each time
·Number of Paddlings and the number of swats
·Unreported paddlings and spankings—what parents don’t know can wound their children
·Paddling as Pseudo Science
·Paddling: out of control, unpredictable, and inherently abusive
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
13. Sadism: a Job Hazard for Paddlers
14. School Paddling as Sexual Harassment
This section includes a change from our regular “in their own words” quotations that we’ll see scattered throughout the book. Here we’ve included only a couple of quotes and have focused instead on statistics from the small sample of high school victims that Cathy and I interviewed. This is not taken from a large statistical sample but it does provide the reader a snapshot of what the women we interviewed went through, numerically at least. I don’t know where to obtain accurate data of what goes on nationally in any case. Further, we didn’t ask the same questions every time from every victim. Some interviews went much deeper and into much more detail than others did. After a time we adjusted the questions. We tried to get some numerical idea of how many times the women were paddled in high school, how many in their Senior year, the maximum and minimum swats they ever got, the average amount of swats per visit, the percentage of time a man paddled, and the percentage of time a man witnessed.
I don’t know how typical these results are, but they are the averages of the women we interviewed who were asked those probing, detailed questions, which happened with only 15 of the two dozen or so women we directly interviewed.
Average of 15 recently paddled young women we interviewed:

Average of 15 recently paddled young women we interviewed:

Received 5 swats average in each paddling.
Paddled 20 times in High School.
Paddled 6 times as a senior.
92% of paddlings given by men, about the same for men witnessing. Number of “swats” or “licks” or “pops” per visit ranged from 2-11.
Note: Nearly all euphemisms for hits of the paddle, such as “licks” or “pops,” that came up in interviews were have been altered to the term “swat” to blend the victim’s accounts and make them less uniquely identifiable.
An interesting situation came out over and over in interviews where students received 10 swats when the school policy specifically stated that no student would receive more than 5 swats. The men doing the paddling argued, and the school board confirmed whenever it became an issue before them, that “extra swats,” well beyond the “maximum,” are “ok” for two violations—say for skipping school and lying about it, or for having a caffeine drink and taking a sip, or for doing any offense while being a cheerleader, or, perhaps most sadistically, for jumping up in pain during a paddling. I think the original intent of the board at each school, based on the language in the handbooks, was to limit the total number of swats per day as a way to limit the physical abuse. Why else would they give any "total" limit at all if not? In practice, even with the “maximum” number of five swats, there was, in practice, “no limit” on the amount of hits at any one session since the paddlers typically just “stacked up offenses” and gave far more hits than the “maximum” number whenever they felt like it. As always, in the few cases a parent questioned the policy, the school boards “covered their own ass” and defended whatever the paddler had done. I suppose, by the same reasoning, if there were three violations there could be 15 swats, and if four violations there could be 20 swats. “10” hits seems to be the “defacto maximum” that seemed socially acceptable for the paddlers to get away with at present in most paddling public schools, although youth ranches and some Christian schools do much more than that.
In their own words, comments from recently paddled young women…
[As a senior in high school I was paddled on four occasions]. I had two 3-swat and two 5-swat (the maximum allowed) paddlings. I was either 17 or 18 for all of them. All were given bent over the desk by a male principal. One was witnessed by a female. The other three times were witnessed by a male too. I had jeans or pants on for all of them except once when I had on a skirt. I wore T-back panties as a senior, except in the skirt where I wore regular panties.
Chapter 3: Paddling: “Out of Control” Pseudo Science