Son beating

Saad Al-Dosary; 12/6/09

A recent study of 10,000 students in elementary schools aged between 8 and 12 in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam has revealed shocking information. Some 35 percent of the students have been physically abused by their parents, 50 percent of them were verbally abused and 2 percent suffered sexual abuse. If we look carefully at these numbers, we see that the study has dangerous implications. One of them is that high numbers of our children are subjected to physical, verbal and sexual abuse. Why is this happening? What is the main reason behind it? Could it be that these parents were not brought up the correct way by their parents and so they are unable to bring up their children without abusing them? Is the culture we have based on abuse? Did these parents not receive a good education in schools and universitie?