Childhood trauma and its consequences
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:26 pm 

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On July 15, 2010, it was announced that President Lula da Silva sent a bill to the Brazilian Congress which would ban the use of corporal punishment on children. Under the current legislation child abuse is illegal, but the proposed law would for the first time explicitly ban spanking by parents and guardians. See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin+america-10642997

"If punishment and whipping solved things, we wouldn't have so much corruption or banditry in this country”
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Brazilian president

If the law is passed it would make Brazil the fourth country in Latin America to ban corporal punishment by parents. The others are Uruguay, Venezuela and Costa Rica.

From another source I discovered that there has been a national campaign to end physical punishment of children in Brazil since 2007. The President hosted the launch of the campaign. It's called "Não Bata, Eduque!".... which roughly translates as "Don't Hit, Teach!" Brazil's leading television network, Rede Globo, has been frequently broadcasting a short campaign video (it's on YouTube) featuring Brazil's hugely popular children's show presenter Xuxa Meneghel.

If I find more background information I may add an item about it on my new blog. I already added a post about children's ombudsmen in Africa (actually ombudswomen in both cases) with links to the relevant government websites.


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