A 23 year old woman reignites a debate over parental discipline by posting a video of her dad, a Texas judge, ferociously whipping her with powerful belt lashes — punishing her for illegally downloading music. Adams secretly recorded it with a hidden camera seven years ago when she was 16.
She has had ataxic cerebral palsy from birth that led her to a passion for technology. Hillary Adams told ABC News affiliate KXTV. "It had happened before, my father's harassment was getting really bad, I decided to finally publish the video that I had been sitting on for 7 years.”
She recently uploaded it to YouTube and the social sharing site Reddit. The video went viral, racking up almost 6million views since it was first uploaded 27th Oct 2011, and inspiring the wrath of the community of readers there, who posted his home address, phone number, and workplace contact information and to demand an investigation.
Local officials now say they're stepping up police presence in the small town after many people have called in death threats.
She explained to Keaton Fox - firstname.lastname@example.org, "I think a lot of the people in the community were tricked because all they saw was the outside," Adams said. "They saw him treating his wife and daughter, oh, look what I gave them, look at these amazing cars and watches and pianos, everything like that and just this other side of him, was hidden for so long, because he was so good at controlling the situation and covering anything up."
Hillary Adams has since Tweeted about the explosion of attention the video has received, "It is my wish that people stop threatening my father and start offering professional help. That is what he really needs," she wrote.
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