(WTNH)– A video of social experiment on how children react to violence against women went viral after young boys were asked to slap a woman in the street.
In the Italian video with English subtitles by media company fanpage.it, the young boys first answer a few question from the unseen narrator such as how old they are and what they want to be when they grow up.
They are then introduced to a young woman named Martina, who is quickly admired by each boy. The narrator asks what they like about her and then commands them to do certain things like caress her and make a funny face at her. They boys comply while giggling.
The narrator then shocks the boys when he asks them to slap her.
Each boy looks very surprised and nervous into the camera before saying no. When asked why the boys say things like:
“Because you’re not suppose to hit girls.”
“I don’t want to hurt her.”
“Because I am against violence.”
The video ends with a quote from a 6-year-old who says “in the kids’ world, women don’t get hit.” The company created the video to show how views of violence can be taught at an early age.