Abuse or Punishment?: Violence toward Children in Quebec by Marie-Aimée Cliche, W. Donald Wilson

By Marie-Aimée Cliche, W. Donald Wilson

At one time, using corporal punishment by way of mom and dad in child-rearing was once thought of common, yet within the moment half the 19th century this start to swap, in Quebec in addition to the remainder of the Western international. It was once in this interval that the level of ill-treatment inflicted on children―treatment as soon as excused pretty much as good child-rearing practice―was discovered.

This ebook analyzes either the recommendation supplied to folks and the various varieties of baby abuse inside of households. Cliche derives her details from kinfolk magazines, experiences and suggestion columns in newspapers, people’s lifestyles tales, the documents of the Montreal Juvenile courtroom, or even comedian strips. dates are given specific concentration: 1920, with the trial of the fogeys of Aurore Gagnon, which sensitized the general public to the phenomenon of “child martyrs;” and 1940, with the appearance of the hot schooling flow, which was once in keeping with psychology instead of strict self-discipline and non secular doctrine.

There has continually been baby abuse. What has replaced is society’s sensitivity to it. this is the reason defenders of children’s rights demand the repeal of part forty three of the Canadian felony Code, which authorizes “reasonable” corporal punishment. Abuse or Punishment? considers not just the historical past of violence in the direction of little ones in Quebec however the background of public notion of this violence and what it potential for the remainder of Canada.

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RATIONAL PARENTING Not everyone shared the strict approach of Nicolaÿ or Father Boncompain, who considered the whip an essential tool in raising children. ” Contrary to Nicolaÿ, who advised putting discipline before persuasion and severity before kindness, Mailloux suggested treating the child as a rational being and reserving punishment for serious misdemeanours. This priest also understood that the mere prospect of physical punishment was enough to induce fear in children and could cause more harm than good.

26 When it came to a beating, all these authors insisted that the punishment should be administered calmly. A French priest, Father Idoux, recounted how on one occasion his mother, in a fit of anger, decided not to beat her disobedient children. 29 If children had been accustomed to total submission from early childhood they could be expected to remain obedient throughout the difficult adolescent years and into adulthood. 31 The spoiled child, on the other hand, already had one foot in hell according to Abbé Bethléem.

Reproduced with the kind permission of the Franciscans of the Province of St Joseph in Canada. 8 Excessive or too frequent beatings were also condemned, for they could produce a fearful, untruthful, or rebellious child. 9 This form of violence was characterized as ill-treatment rather than punishment, for its purpose was not to punish a misdemeanour. ”11 Illustration 2 “Mr Bogeyman” TOP LEFT Mr Bogeyman carries off naughty little boys. TOP RIGHT Mrs Bogeyman gives greedy little girls a thrashing.

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