Mary Kenny: is manipulation a crime?
A new British law likens emotional abuse to physical assault
Is emotional abuse on a par with physical cruelty? Some people might say it is, and I can see that point. For example, I was never smacked during my schooldays, but I can still remember stinging sarcasm from teachers.
One day a teacher was trying to correct a girl who spoke with a pronounced Dublin accent. "You may say 'dese' and 'dose' in YOUR home, Brigid O'Rooney, but young ladies educated in THIS school learn to say 'these' and 'those'."
The teacher perhaps had the intention of improving a child's way of speaking but I remember the blush on the girl's face (her name wasn't Brigid O'Rooney, by the way) as her family was belittled.