Childhood trauma and its consequences
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:51 pm 

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Al Jazeera wrote:
Saudi Arabia has adopted a law that criminalises domestic violence, usually targeting women and children, in a decision hailed by activists.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeas ... 19559.html

The "Protection from Abuse" law, approved by the cabinet on Monday, is aimed at protecting people from "all forms of abuse" and offers them shelter as well as "social, psychological, and medical aid," according to its text. Under the 17-article bill, those found guilty of committing psychological or physical abuse could face prison sentences of up to one year and up to $13,300 in fines.

Al Jazeera's article mostly discusses violence against women in the home. Whether the new law specifically prohibits corporal punishment of children is something I will have to investigate when more information about the "Protection from Abuse" law becomes available. On the surface, it looks as though the law does ban it.

Khaled al-Fakher, secretary-general of the National Society for Human Rights, a government-licensed body, said: We are always in favour of an explicit law that does not need interpretations or personal judgment.

A few months before the new law was approved an article in The Saudi Gazette outlined the nature of the problem:
Some extremist religious scholars claim that the Shariah allows light physical violence against wives and children as a disciplinary measure. The definition of what is allowed and what is not remains vague and continues to encourage perpetrators to indulge in physical abuse of family members.


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