I've just seen a woman assault her child in the middle of the supermarket.
The boy couldn't have been older than four. He was lying down on the supermarket floor, in eyesight of his mother, being quiet. She yelled at him to get up, and then walked over and leant over him (at which point I thought she was going to lift him up) and in a split second the kid's smiling face turned to fear and his hands flew to his face to shield it.
He was too late though - she slapped him so hard across the face that he actually had red finger marks on his cheek, then grabbed him by one arm and reefed him up onto his feet.
And then ... she turned her attention back to her shopping as if nothing had happened. The kid didn't cry, but looked so sad I just wanted to hug him. Poor little guy.
I don't really agree with smacking in general, but IMO a smack on the bottom to discipline is VERY different to slapping your child across the face with all the force you have.
I really think I might cry. Poor little boy.
I just wanted to get it off my chest.