A judge has been caught on camera beating his disabled teenage daughter.
A teen-aged girl, tired of being beaten by her father, a high court judge, recorded one of the violent acts and put the video up on YouTube.
Hillary Adams, the judge’s disabled daughter, made the graphic recording which shows the judge physically and emotionally abusing her, uploaded the video to YouTube and asked users to share it, under the title “Family law judge beats own daughter for using the internet, please spread”.
Adams added the disclaimer that her mother was not responsible for her own actions in the video, as she was also the victim of abuse.
Hillary Adams suffers from ataxic cerebral palsy, and has a love for technology- a passion not shared by her violent dad, who is seen whipping her with a belt on the video.
"It's not as bad as it looks"
Her father, William Adams, has since spoken out, claiming that it’s “not as bad as it looks on tape”.
The YouTube video was shared on information-sharing site Reddit, and caused an uproar amongst people calling for legal action against the judge.
The US is tackling a wave of abuse: In current court cases, three parents are on trial for homicide after beating their children to death. The parents all owned and followed the book “to Train up a Child”, written by Michael Pearl. Pearl advocates the use of violence in discipline, and instructs the reader on where and with what to beat the “unruly” child.
Pearl's book is still available on the internet.
He claims he isn’t responsible for the deaths. His book also recommends imposed fasting (one child died of starvation), and the hosing off of toddlers during potty training. He says that the 15 inch plastic tube he chooses as the spanking instrument is great, as it can be folded into your pocket, and it’s “too light to cause damage to the tissue or the bone”.
Still think it's ok to use violence against children?
You can still watch the Hillary Adams video, (here it is on YouTube), but it is shocking and graphic and should not be watched by sensitive viewers. It has had over six million views.
These acts of violence are horrifying as they are considered active parenting measures by the parents committing the acts of abuse. They are “normal” people- much like your neighbours. At what point does "innocent" smacking become something criminal? If you consider yourself an advocate for smacking, watching that video may well change your mind.
If you suspect there is child abuse being committed near you, you should call the relevant organisation. You may even help to prevent the death or trauma of a child.
What do you think is acceptable as a method of discipline?
By: Scott Dunlop