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For over 100 years, Canada forced many Indigenous children to attend Residential schools away from their families years at a time. The quality of instruction was sub-par, many children were physically, sexually, and mentally abused, and at least 4000 children died in the school system.

Smoking in the presence of a child is considered physical abuse in Latvia.

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  1. Bullying, child abuse, and stress causes children to age faster at a cellular level and leads to physical and mental health problems even decades later, including an earlier death.

  2. Canada forced 150,000 native children into "Residential Schools" away from their families to assimilate them and remove their family's culture. Over 6,000 died and many were physically and sexually abused. Most returned home unable to help, or connect with, their families.

  3. Between 1900-1973, over 100 boys died at a Florida reform school for delinquents as a result of sexual and physical abuse, torture, beatings, and even outright murder from staff. The school only recently closed in 2011.

  4. Stephen Hawking's second wife, who was also his nurse, was rumored to have physically and mentally abused him, including refusing him access to a urine bottle so he would be forced to wet himself.

  5. I learned of camp 1391, a "secret" Israeli prison where prisoners are locked in a 2m by 2m cell, are sexually and physically abused by the guards. No lawyers or human rights activists are allowed in.

  6. The Birmingham 6, a group of men incorrectly convicted of bombing a UK pub. The men provided false confessions to police after being interrogated for up to 12 hours (without any breaks, food or sleep) and physical abuse including punches, police dogs and a mock execution.

  7. The killing of Joey Stompanato who was a bodyguard and mafia enforcer for Mickey Cohen. He dated actress Lana Turner who he physically abused. On April 4th, 1958 after threatening the life of Turner, her mother, and daughter he was stabbed to death by Turner's 14 year old daughter.

  8. The first victim of Jerry Sandusky to break the silence about his abuse was subjected to such intense harassment and threats of physical harm by the local community that he had to switch high schools and state authorities put in place a plan of witness relocation.

  9. The current leader of Scientology's wife "Michele Miscavige" has been missing for over a decade. Her husband David Miscavige has a well known temper as well as documented physical abuse. Most think that Michele is dead and the "church" is covering it up.

  10. Until meeting Yoko Ono, John Lennon had been abusive toward women, including ex-wife Cynthia Lennon. "I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically—any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn't express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women. That is why I am always on about peace"

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The reason Sinead O'Connor ripped up a picture of the pope on SNL was in protest of child physical and sexual abuse by the Catholic church

Between 1920 and 1960 as many as 150,000 children were sent to Australia and Canada from Great Britain under The Child Migrants Programme with the promise of a better life. I'm reality, many were kept as slaves and subjected to sexual, physical and emotional abuse. - source

"as many as two-thirds of all people in treatment for drug abuse report that they were physically, sexually, or emotionally abused during childhood" - source

Buster Keaton performed physical comedy sketches with his parents in which his father threw him across the stage or into the audience. He was never injured but accusations of child abuse still occurred at times.

Chris Langan, "the smartest man in America" with an IQ reportedly between 190 and 210, began weight training at the age of twelve after repeatedly being physically beaten by his stepfather and stopped the abuse himself at the age of fourteen by throwing him out of the house. - source

The Maoist "struggle session" where victim of a struggle session was forced to admit to various crimes before a crowd of people who would verbally and physically abuse the victim until he or she confessed. - source

For kids, mental abuse (mobbing) can be worse than sexual, physical abuse.

"Kidnapped for Christ," an award-winning documentary about Escuela Caribe, an evangelical boarding school that also served as an ex-gay institute. "Students" were subjected to a range of abuses including intense forced labor, repetitive exercise, physical beatings, and extreme isolation. - source

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The Stanford Prison Experiment was intended to last two weeks but was abruptly stopped after 6 days because of the psychological and physical abuse on prisoners.

Being emotionally abused/repeatedly humiliated as a child is more strongly correlated with substance abuse than incest, being neglected, or physical abuse. Humiliation treatment is still used to combat addiction today in spite of many studies that show its harmfulness and inefficacy.

One-Third of Dyslexic Adults Were Physically Abused During Childhood

Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin was physically abused by William Hurt after costarring in Children of a Lesser God. In the film, Hurt's character helps Matlin's recover from abusive relationships.

Abraham Lincoln's wife was crazy, was physically abusive toward her husband, AND spent tax payer money on $2,000 dresses.

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