Photos of the deeply bruised, black and blue body of a 10-year-old boy named Binbin from Guangdong province were recently posted on Weibo [Post contains images some readers may find disturbing].
The photos showcase Binbin’s history of having been beaten by his stepmother, progressing from beatings with her fists to hangers, as reported by The Nanfang. A bruise on Binbin’s face compelled his homeroom teacher to report the abuse. The stepmother’s apparent unwillingness to case the abuse eventually led to criminal charges against her.
On the same day that the photos emerged, as The Nanfang points out, a survey commissioned by the Guangzhou Women’s Federation and conducted by Sun Yat-sen University, discovered that only 37.5% of respondents “considered children being hit by parents or other relatives to be domestic violence.”
The same survey noted that an average of 500 domestic abuse cases have been reported each year for the past four years in Guangdong, despite there only being six shelters in the province that offer protection. The shelters have reported only providing assistance to 17 women and children in the past two years.
This isn’t an unprecedented problem highlighted by social media, though. At least as far back as 2006, the Guangzhou Women’s Federation noted more than half of children suffered physical abuse from parents, while 44% experienced mental abuse from teachers.
By Sophia Solivio