Woman Relentlessly Beats Toddler Black and Blue

I realise it is a topic that the majority of us would rather not have to discuss, or witness for that matter, but I have recently been exposed to the moral concern of public discipline to children by their parents. Working on a weekend, I was confronted by a couple who took to their kid in a physical display of punishment, hitting him harshly next to my counter. The line of customers behind them were not impressed; a couple walked a way in disgust.

Lurking Facebook, I came across a video clip that had me in utter shock. In fact, the words to describe how I felt at my viewing of this footage, is almost impossible to define.

The four minute clip shows a foreign woman brutally bashing a toddler, while those that filmed and those in the background of the room, stand around to view the action. The child is slapped, punched, shoved and hit repetitively with objects until she is barely able to move.

I spent a good hour feeling absolutely distraught at what I had seen, but luckily came across relief to have me feeling slightly more at ease. The Malaysian woman was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and the young girl is now in foster care.

At the end of her sentence, the court will determine whether the woman will be allowed to resume custody of her child.

I still find myself angry.

To what extent is it okay to physically discipline your child? Clearly the footage in this video is something our society would deem inhumane and morally disgusting, but let me take you into a little glimpse of the world we are living in today.

In Australia, the laws against hitting your children stands at this: The visual interpretation of a child’s injuries.

“Breaking the skin or actual bruising is often the measure.” – Dorothy Scott, director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection.

Psychological injuries are most likely more permanent, but if not visible, does this mean they go unheard of?

Countless countries across the world have already made the move to ban physical force as a means of punishment against children, but Australia seems to be hesitant to get on the bandwagon.

In Feburary this year, Dr Gervase Chaney, leader of Australia’s paediatric community, called for a ban on the practice. The debate appeared in the Herald Sun, with 91% of votes demanding that the act must not be ‘outlawed’.

A child is as human as we are, if not more. We, as adults, are protected by the laws of our nation against harm and criminal threat. Does a child not deserve access to the same rights? Or are they to be left black and blue?

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Author:Cassie McBlane

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24 Comments on “Woman Relentlessly Beats Toddler Black and Blue”

  1. Amfortas
    June 1, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

    An immediate and sharp smack is a last resort, to my mind. I managed to raise two great adults from the day they were born, and cannot even recall smacking them, although I suspect it is my memory rather than conviction. Indeed, I am pretty sure I did. And raised my voice, too, although I found that speaking ever more quietly carried more useful fake-forboding.

    But there is no excuse for violence in anger, even frustration.

    The scene shown is vicious. I have seen women in supermarkets and streets abusing their children. They do it with impunity. Dragging, beating around the head with ‘slaps’ (of course all women can slap with impunity, especially men in which case it is seen as funny) screaming etc. I have intervened a number of times and berated the woman in the situation.

    To many women the very idea that ‘There is No Excuse for Violence’ is only applicable to men.

    The popular move to not even smack a child is fermented by the shocking and the extreme. The average parent may well be just capable enough to be restrained and give immediate punishment for the benefit of the child adequately and reasonably rather than as a vent for their frustrations, but increasingly our society is stripping away responsibility and accountability from parents and vesting them in faceless bureaucrats (usually young women with the cradle-marks still on their bums) with ‘zozschial verker’ ‘training’ provided by the cultural marxists that infect our Universities.

    If our Police were not so afraid of women and reluctant to do the reams of paperwork needed whenever a woman is arrested for violence, and our Courts were not so inclined to take ‘eating disorders’, depression, mythical exposure to glimpsing a grandfather’s dick when they were three, as mitigation, and delivered proper punishment to women for violence, perhaps the viciousness would be brought into check.

    Meanwhile the statistics on child abuse will continue to be ignored, particularly those that consistently show women committing over 75% of child abuse, whilst the tiny 0.0000+% of paedophiles in society will be used to slur every man who dares even to look at a child.

    The issue of Psychological damage is moot. Severe insult to a childs dignity or integrity is going to leave a mark, definitely, but again the widening of definition of what constitues abuse to include a darkening look of disapproval leading to ‘low self- esteem’ dirties the waters just as the true vicious application of physical cruelty is used to create a disprportionale public sentiment.

    Believe me: I am a psychologist: would I lie to you?

  2. Beaver
    June 2, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    False dichotomy

    Discipline is not abuse.

  3. June 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Foreverthings and commented:

    My latest post on the controversial use of physical discipline as parents and guardians.

  4. June 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm #

    Beating a child and disciplining a child by physical force are two different things ––i get that. My point is that I have been exposed to these physical choices by parents a lot in the past few weeks, and it has had me asking to what extent is it okay? I, myself, don’t believe physical punishment is completely wrong, if it is done the right way, and isn’t in the field of abuse (obviously). Sometimes, it is the only way a child can learn right from wrong. Today is a different age, that goes without saying, but it is a very confronting thing having witnessed that sort of punishment in public, and seeing the reaction of people who you can literally see are disgusted from what they are having to see in front of them. It made me think about the changed social values in society. Ironically that same night I had seen this video and that made me question my thoughts. This is what I am trying to say. It is a topic that I find myself sitting on the fence with a little bit. This video almost broke my heart; it is traumatic. I don’t believe my argument was false dichotomy. And I do agree with the first comment.

  5. Roxanne
    June 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm #

    It is a difficult issue isn’t it. I think two of the main things are the age of the child, and the way that it’s done. I know that my mum smacked our bum’s or what not when we were very young if she needed to, because she’s told me, but I don’t remember it, and so doubt that any real trauma could possibly have occurred from it, and I think that’s reasonable, it’s discipline and used as a last measure with children of an age where they don’t have as much verbal understanding of right and wrong. However, I also remember when I was about 13 and my step-dad hit me around the head screaming you bitch at me, and the impact that had on my life. Now, regardless of the age, I think any child would be much more likely to remember and be affected by such an experience even if it was only once. These are the sorts of experiences that children should be protected from, and so many of these incidents can go unnoticed by family and the public when they’re happening at home anyway. As for public abuse, I think most people can understand the feelings of disgust at seeing that, but I think society has also made it more difficult, in some senses, for parents to control their children in public and I have been told by a few parents that this can cause a lot of anxiety for them. It makes me wonder if this heightened anxiety and feelings of helplessness may make it more likely for parents to ‘lose the plot’ and resort to such drastic measures. It’s not an excuse of course, but it’s a curiosity to me.
    Anyway, that’s some of my thoughts 🙂

  6. Chris
    June 17, 2012 at 5:22 am #

    I am probably not a very good person to reply to this because I was ruled by fear and “discipline” at home. Physical discipline was not a last resort, it was the only way. But I guess I am curious when people use the words “Last resort”, what exactly does that mean? Does that mean “I have told you five times and I am too frustrated to think of any way to get it through to you other than to smack you. Sorry, but I cannot think of what would constitute a “last resort”.

  7. June 19, 2012 at 3:05 am #

    In Australia’s review before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Australia was criticised for not having a total ban on the practice. We have a common law defense to assault of “reasonable” disciplining, whilst the video you showed would definately be outside of this defense, the fact that any corporal punishment is still defensible in Australia, a developed country, is absolutely shocking.

  8. June 19, 2012 at 3:06 am #

    Btw, a full summary of the UN CRC review of Australia is in the related articles – http://oatsandsugar.com/2012/06/13/final-reflections-on-australias-review-before-the-uncrc/

  9. Victoria Cooper
    June 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    How strange that you feel so strongly about this, but when it comes to the Chamberlain’s losing their baby in what would have been quite a violent assault by a wild dog you can only be facetious and malicious, making supposedly smart and amusing comments.
    Journalism requires consistency, logic and fairness and consideration of all the available facts. I suggest you behave more like a journalist, or you are just another opinionated blogger. That would mean NOT reproducing the video – an act which is unethical and voyeuristic. If you don’ t think so, ask yourself would you have posted it if the act shown was child sexual abuse? So you are saying it is ok to show a child being beaten. By reposting it you are actually tacitly condoning it, simply because you are inviting the audience to view it, and you are also exploiting the child to draw attention to your “sympathetic” writing. You really are a shameful excuse for a journalist!

    • June 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

      Thanks.

    • June 24, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

      To be fair Victoria, if you’re after fair, equal-sided journalism, you’re on completely the wrong website. There’s enough of those already. Have a read of our “What is Intentious?” page. The people need voices like us to stir the masses into thinking. Thus, the fact you felt compelled to point out what you did is exactly why we publish what we publish.

    • Lady Jayne
      June 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

      Since when is being a blogger a journalist?

  10. Jane Lane
    June 25, 2012 at 4:48 am #

    “To be fair Victoria, if you’re after fair, equal-sided journalism, you’re on completely the wrong website. Journalism requires consistency, logic and fairness and consideration of all the available facts.” – Andrew Beato

    Are you saying Intentious will slant stories in order to create controversy?

    On another note, I think Cassie is a talented writer who consistently produce thought provoking articles for Intentious.

  11. Victoria Cooper
    June 25, 2012 at 10:41 am #

    You still haven’t responded to my question – would you repost a video of child sexual abuse – and how is that different to physical violence against a child?

    Yes I am after fair journalism, but that doesn’t mean equal sided. Sometimes actions are clearly wrong, or the evidence is so clear that no “counterpoint” is required. But, that is beside the point here.

    I was merely drawing attention to the contradiction in the “oh look at this terrible video of a child being abused it upset me so very much” and then actually providing a link to the video. It would have been a much better article WITHOUT it.

    As for the author’s writing ability, anyone who writes “A child is as human as we are, if not more” needs assistance. How can you be more or less human?? Half-human? Quarter human? When do children stop being more human and become less human? Human is an absolute category.

    Maybe I’m too concerned about quality, but if you are going to write for public consumption I think the first requirement is that what you write makes sense.

  12. Victoria Cooper
    June 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    How was it irrelevant? I was inviting you to explain your rationale for reposting a video which by your own report showed distressing and criminal abuse of a child. What did it add to the story, and how is it different from other forms of child abuse. Were you not also exploiting and abusing the child by reposting the video? At least explain why you say it is now irrelevant! Just because you say it is irrelevant doesn’t make it so. That’s the logic of people who start conversations with “I’m not racist, but ….”.

    You claim to have “a passion for writing about contentious issues” but you can’t or won’t enter into the resultant debate or discussion. Probably best to get onto a lifestyle site as soon as you can, you clearly don’t have the temperament or intellect required for a situation where you INVITE debate and then don’t engage in it.

    • June 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

      Hey Victoria, do you have a blog? I’m sure you’re endlessly talented (not being sarcastic) with experience in fair journalism. That applies to your world of publications, but it doesn’t always need to apply here, or elsewhere on the Internet for that matter. This site is an entirely different breed; blogs meets opinion piece meets article, freely expressed and uncensored – in your mind of poor quality? Sure. And although we may not be as prolific as Andrew Bolt we do cop the slack on all sorts of topics — and we invite it!! We’re actually really grateful for people like you who take the time to comment on our pieces. But at the end of the day it’s a privilege to be able to leave uncensored feedback on somebody else’s website, not a right. Be happy that we allow comments and leave them up for the world to see your “corrective” response. Beyond that, you’re welcome to submit a guest piece to Intentious and show us how it’s done.

  13. June 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Victoria, the reason I do not engage in your “debate” is because there is a fine line between abuse and opinion. You are not stating your own argument to a debate, you are just attempting to put me down. Therefore, I will not act on behalf of it; each to their own.

  14. Lady Jayne
    June 25, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    @ Victoria I’m curious to hear your opinion on the article below

    http://intentious.com/2012/03/27/smoking-hot-the-ill-effects-of-underage-advertising/

  15. Victoria Cooper
    June 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    I am not attempting to put anyone down, how dare you presume to know my intention? I hope you don’t adopt that attitude in all your journalistic practices – presuming people are guilty or presuming that you can say whatever you like about someone without expecting a response might be the result. I was, however, attempting to engage in a discussion about the ethics of using the video in the piece you wrote. Surely that it is a critical editorial issue? It’s a shame that you can’t differentiate between a discussion/argument about one particular issue and personal relationships. (Incidentally, if I did want to put you down my invective would be far, far stronger).

  16. Lady Jayne
    June 25, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

    Victoria I agree it is a shame that Intentious: “can’t differentiate between a discussion/argument about one particular issue and personal relationships.”

  17. Darren
    June 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    Just a thought, but using the video in the article is not tacitly condoning anything. Nor is it unethical or abuse of the child.

    The video is what made the author want to write this article, why should the video not be shown? People should be alerted to what this woman is doing to her child, people should see that this sort of violence against children is 100% not okay.

    If an elderly person is bashed while being robbed, is it not okay to show a picture of said person with cuts/bruises in the paper or on the news? The journalist for the paper and the news certainly wouldn’t be condoning any violence or crime by showing the results of the incident, would they?

    The author had already stated that she doesn’t believe physical punishment is completely wrong, if it’s done in the right manner and as her article states, the video is not the right manner.

    I still don’t understand your stance on this Victoria, for people who had not seen the video prior to this, they would have been wondering what prompted the author to write such a passionate article, they would have been left feeling empty, reading a good article but not
    knowing why they were reading it.

    You’ve taken the final sentence from the article out of context as well – the author was referring to adult humans being protected by laws and rights and that children should also be protected by the same rights, they need to be protected more than us as adults do. Also your snide remarks about being ‘half-human, quarter-human’, what do they achieve? Nothing, aside from making yourself laugh at your own jokes for a few seconds, thus making yourself feel better about yourself.

    Are you just going to follow Cassie around and comment on what she writes? Belittling someone like that, shows immaturity beyond belief, it’s helpful to no-one at all.

    Give it a rest.

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