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This is a super sad topic, and I'm not sure what the discussion potential is. It seems kind of pointless like your other poll.
Though, yeah, abusive parents are far too common, and it's a continued issue that impacts a lot of us. It sucks for someone who is supposed to love you to treat you like crap instead.
@aetheldod: Abusive parents aren't always alcoholics or drug abusers, nor is it always retaliation for anything the child did. I've done as my parents wished all my life, got good grades, didn't get into trouble, didn't drink or smoke or go to parties or date. I couldn't have gotten into trouble even if I had the desire to. My parents still kicked my ass constantly, told me all their problems at work or with people outside the home were my fault, discouraged me from pursuing 99% of what motivated and interested me, and made me apologize for hitting them, even if I'd stayed in my room the entire day. I'm honestly not sure if I want to keep in touch with them when I move out, I don't feel safe around them.
OP, do you have a link to an article or study? I'd like to read exactly what they mean and how they came up with that percentage.
Exactly what I was thinking. I'd really like to believe that over half of the people polled didn't grow up getting smacked around by their parents. Perhaps this is one of those studies where THEY get to decide what happened to you, rather than just asking "did your parents physically abuse you?"
That crap does happen now and then, and it creates artificially inflated statistics that paint a false picture of how widespread a problem really is. Not to diminish the problem itself, of course. Child abuse is awful.