TEDx Talk…Violence, A Family Tradition
Robbyn Peters Bennett, Founder of Stop Spanking
We want to create a documentary about the “fine line” that many parents draw between spanking and physical child abuse.
Hillary’s story is an American story. Do you remember her? She posted a video of her father, a Texas Family Judge, beating her with a belt. Hillary is not alone. One in three Americans report being physically abused in the home as children. 30% of parents spank their children with a belt or other implement. Where do you draw the line?
Can spanking really cause brain damage?
An interview with Dr. Martin Teicher, Neuroscientist, Researcher on Early Abuse & Neglect and the Effects on Brain Development.
One woman fed up with violence against children changes her world!
This film will do what documentary film does best - it will tell a story.
Asadah Kirkland, is a teacher and a mother who works with parents in her community in Harlem. Her story is how one woman, fed up with violence against children, tired of watching parents slap their children in the head on the bus, tired of hearing countless stories – essentially the same old story about “how my momma would whoop me with a shoe, a belt, an extension cord, a flyswatter” – how ONE woman changes her world!
Asadah writes a little book called “Beating Black Kids” and then proceeds to start a grass roots movement to end violence against children! We want to film Asadah as she engages on a very personal level with parents to help them abandon spanking. Her motto is “raise our skills, not our hands!” Asadah inspires parents to create a dream for their children where they can grow up with passion and courage, rather than fear. She helps her community imagine raising powerful and loving children who can be leaders rather than followers! How does she inspire change? Let’s follow her into the lives of the parents she works with to see how she does it. ”You’ve got to talk to the parents, so you know why they do it. And then you know how to fix it. Its that simple,” says Asadah.
Asadah shows us how one woman can shake up and wake up her community to end violence against children. Help us share Asadah’s story and wake up America and help us imagine a better way!
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A Rampant Problem that Affects Most Children
• 30% of American parents begin spanking when their child is under a year old
• 50% of all toddlers are spanked three or more times a week
Is Spanking really a GATEWAY to Criminal Child Abuse?
• Parents who believe in spanking are 4 – 7 times more likely to abuse their children
• Most physical child abuse begins with physical punishment