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We are a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing violence by educating the public on negative effects of corporal punishment and promoting scientifically accepted, developmentally appropriate positive discipline.
The Last Resort is a documentary about the common practice of spanking children. With concern over domestic violence and bullying, and well published research on the damaging long-term effects of spanking, why do we still regularly hit our young children? Our film explores the idea that spanking teaches right from wrong and keeps kids out of trouble. We have already interviewed youth in the juvenile justice system about how they were disciplined and what they think of spanking. We will be interviewing experts in the field of brain development who have researched the effects of spanking on the child’s brain development. We want to film Asadah Kirkland, an educator, who works with parents in the Harlem’s Children Zone. We will film parents as they participate in an intensive parenting training program. Parents reflect upon their own childhood experiences of discipline and sometimes violence to better understand their belief that violence is sometimes necessary to teach their children.
A Rampant Problem that Affects Most Children
• 30% of American parents begin spanking when their babies are less than a year old
• 50% of all toddlers are spanked three or more times a week
• 94% of all toddlers are spanked
Spanking is the GATEWAY to Criminal Child Abuse
• 88 million Americans are physically abused as children
• Parents who believe in spanking are 4X more likely to abuse their children
• Most child physical abuse begins with physical punishment
Experts in the field of Childhood Abuse and Neglect conclude that ultimate control of the abuse problem lies in changing our societal attitudes towards and acceptance of aggression as appropriate mechanism for problem solving. Many leading scholars have concluded that reducing corporal punishment is essential to reducing physical child abuse. Our team of seasoned film makers, and experts in child development, neuropsychology, and juvenile justice are creating a documentary to examine the long-term effects of spanking children and why mothers rely on spanking as a last resort.