Psychological Abuse
"Do you know why we call this room ‘Room Number 4’? Because when we finish with you Arabs here you crawl out of this room like babies."Investigator to a 14-year-old child. Investigator to a 14-year-old child.
 

83% of children reported being insulted and threatened during the arrest and interrogation, including personal insults and insults directed at their mothers, sisters and even the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).  – According to Sahar Baiduni’s research.

The practice of intentional humiliation and verbal abuse of children during the investigation is classified, in psychological terms as “verbal violence.” It is also considered a form of torture, and often continues until the child starts telling the occupation’s interrogators the information they want, whether about cells or activities carried out by the child or even accusations against other children, which damages the network of social relations that characterizes the Palestinian community.

Report: 350 Palestinian children are suffering inside Israeli prisons.

Being humiliated and exposed to insults might have psychological effects on the child that include:
1. Destroying the child’s beautiful and innocent image of the world
2. Early exposure to violence and helplessness
3. Torture during interrogation may lead the child to lose trust and faith in human goodness and in the world being safe
4. The experience of being helpless when exposed to cursing and insult, in addition to the suddenness of the arrest, may maks the child believe that such an event could reoccur at any time and there is nothing he can do to protect himself
5. When a human is exposed to insults, he becomes hypersensitive at all times to negativity and may even adopt negativity himself in order to enhance his pessimistic view of the world and events in it. Unfortunately, this behavior could worsen over years.
6. A child who was exposed to insults and verbal violence may stay away from joyful events, which could leads to his losing important sources of support that may be able to provide him with energy and enhance his positive behavior in other fields.
7. A detained child may feel psychological pressure when exposed to insults and even guilt for the situation he got himself and his family in
8. Like other types of violence, verbal violence may lead to social adjustment problems and family violence for those detained children who were exposed to the plight of prison and detention and then released. Those children have difficulties accepting their role in a family and may initiate problems with their siblings and family members in a way that reflects poor psychological and social adjustment. This is often a direct result of the harsh experience under arrest: a ruined social and psychological life.

About this photograph

Ayman Nahas (The artist in the photo):
Remember when you were young, and you would play in the afternoon in the neighborhood. In the middle of a game, someone would curse at you– you would be furious, right!?

Now, imagine that it is not play-time, and there is no game.
And it is not fun…
And instead of in the neighborhood, you are in a closed room…
And it is dark…
And it is cold…
And there is someone cursing at you…
Cursing your family…
Cursing your beliefs…
And you are afraid…
And you are helpless to do anything…

Welcome to Room No. 4.