Spanking as sexual abuse

Spanking as sexual abuse
Thursday June 14, 2007

Dear Alice Miller,

I think it’s important to make people aware of the fact that some parents might both use spanking of the child as sadomasochistic sex and abuse the child sexually in other ways when they are spanking a more or less naked child on its private part of the body: . This makes spanking as “discipline” even worse than most of goodhearted people think it is.
I am a Norwegian woman who have sent e-mails about this to The Minister of Justice in my country, Knut Storberget. Because I think the law should include such spanking as sexual abuse. And also to our Ministry of Children and Family Affairs – with copy to The Children’s Ombudsman. Unfortunately, The Minister of Justice doesn’t seem interested, so far.
This is a double taboo, don’t you think?

With kind regards, S. T., Oslo, Norway

AM: Yes, I agree with you, this is a double taboo. But you are right to try and try again to make people aware of their own cowardice by writing them what you know and expecting responses. If everybody stays silent, nothing will ever change. Thank you for your courage to see the truth and to try to make it SEEN.