Violence against children hinders them from reaching their full potential.
There's increasing global recognition that violence against women and children often occur together in homes.
At least 54 countries prohibit the corporal punishment of children. Canada has neither prohibited corporal punishment, nor said it will.
Until Canadians challenge the normalization of violence against children, we will continue to support, or at least tacitly condone, something that by all accounts is harmful.
Global faith organisations are working to end violence against children.
A groundbreaking High Court ruling outlawing the spanking of children in South Africa has outraged some Christian bodies that claim parents are entitled to hit their children in a "godly way".
There is no research evidence that spanking improves child behaviour. On the contrary, spanking is associated with aggression, antisocial behaviour, mental health problems and negative relationships with parents.
The debate on spanking is over. Scientific studies consistently show that it is harmful to children, increasing the likelihood of mental health problems and antisocial behaviours.
Those who grow up in toxic environments are up to 12 times more likely to experience addiction, depression and to try to commit suicide.
World Suicide Prevention Day draws attention to the rising tide of teenagers taking their own lives. "Toxic socialization" involving emotional and physical abuse in families is a major cause.
And yet it's still technically legal in the UK.
Spanking is a common parenting practice in the U.S.
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Spanking does not lead to better behavior by children. Instead, it could lead to some adverse, long-term consequences.
What are the long-term effects of spanking?
Senator Ted Cruz recently stated that he spanks his five-year-old daughter for lying. Spanking kids can cause tremendous damage to kids' mental health – even if it is an occasional light rap.