What's Inside
Whackerville Cartoons
An Illustrated Tour
A first visit to Whackerville

Where child abuse is OK
Return to Whackerville

The official state torture of children continues
The Old Testawhackalists
They misuse the Bible as badly as they misuse children and teens.
A Book in Progress

An examination of spanking and paddling as physical abuse, sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Includes paddling photographic illustrations with Andrea.
Exhibits Related to Paddling
Photo exhibits related to paddling in school
Connection to Slavery
Photo exhibits related to slavery
Friends and Visits

Friends and Visits -- Exhibits
Interviews

Interviews related to paddling
Web Links

to some great informational websites
Letters

Selected Letters to the Author

   -  About the Model
   -  A Letter From Mission, Texas
   -  A Letter From Tiina
   -  "Chatty Patty" in Mississippi
   -  Colin Farrell, of www.corpun.com
   -  "George" from South Africa
   -  Hal's Letter
   -  Mandy from Georgia
   -  Send feedback to the author
A letter from Tiina


Hi Jeff,

The paddling high schools keep reminding me of WW2 concentration camps or slave plantations. Most willingly lining up to get abused because they see no way out. If even some of the students had retained any sense of personal space and boundaries then there would be mass riots everywhere. I get so upset reading that stuff because it reminds me of how I too was conditioned to "take it" and have absolutely no (conscious) sense of violation or thought of escape. We become like animals in cages - apathetic and neurotic.

Your chapter 12 is very powerful stuff. The only comment that has really stuck with me and that I need to comment on is in relation to the Stockholm syndrome and children receiving spankings. The other day I heard a mother tell her child, "If you do that again I'll kill you!" Now, the younger the child, the more likely they are to take such comments in a very concrete way and though they may not believe that this behavior will get them killed, they do believe that it is a very real possibility if they "push it" too far. But what is "too far" and when will the threat be carried out? So the belief of being killed hangs constantly in the child's mind as a very real possibility.

Then there are the times especially in the middle of a beating that the child wishes for a time that they would indeed die - that would be preferable to the pain and/or humiliation they feel during punishment. Then, as children do, they worry about the possibility of their wish coming true. Further, during the punishments themselves, the child might think that the next whack will indeed kill them.

Tiina
A Letter from Tina