A witness is someone who sees an event, a spectator.
Witnesses at a spanking
Examples of such persons:
- in domestic spanking:
- in school spanking:
- in judicial corporal punishment:
- usually regulations require witnesses to be present, to ensure that the judicial corporal punishment is given in accordance to the law and the sentence
The emotional reaction of witnesses can be very individual: they may feel compassion with the punished person, but they may also feel Schadenfreude or may not be emotionally involved at all. The reactions of witnesses, in turn, may have an effect on the spanker and/or spankee, and so witnesses do play an important role even when they are not actively involved. This role of witnesses is often elaborated in spanking stories, spanking drawings and spanking videos.
'Public' vs. 'private'
The presence of witnesses during the punishment can reassure the spankee, but can also increase the shame and embarrassment felt. How the the witnesses relates to the spankee might change whether or not the spanking is considered 'private' or 'public'. Some will count anyone who are not the spanker renders it public, others count family members keeps it family business, hence still private, others will draw the line even finer, with either immediate or extended family, or even guardians vs siblings.
Sometimes if the offense being punished involves a third person, the victim of the offense might be permitted, invited, or encouraged to watch the punishment — for example, the person from whom something had been stolen.
Hidden or secret witnesses
- Dark Room #1 (Mood Pictures), voyeur club watches prison-style punishments
- Dark Room #2 (Mood Pictures)
- Claire is Spanked in Front of Witnesses (BiSpanking), photos
- Hidden Camera (Lupus Pictures), security camera voyeurism
- Hidden Camera 2: The Client (Lupus Pictures)
- Jasmine: Spanked in Front of Witnesses (BiSpanking), photos
- Martial Law (Mood Pictures), military-style canings
- Martial Law #2 (Mood Pictures)
- Reform House Punishments (Raven Hill Studios), voyeurs pay to watch M/F prison strappings.
- Spanked in Front of Witnesses (Spanking Teen Jessica), photos
- Strictmoor Academy (series) (Sarah Gregory Spanking), group classroom spankings
- Witness To A Spanking (Spanked Cheeks), photos
<gallery> Image:Roman fresco.jpg|Copy of a roman fresco. The whipping is witnessed by several other men and boys. File:Monsieur Paulette et ses épouses 13.jpg|Illustration by Louis Malteste from the novel 'Monsieur Paulette et ses épouses (1921). File:Jim black 03.jpg|Illustration by Jim Black from the novel Les Confidences d'un baronnet (1929). File:Gaston Smit Petite Dactylo 05.jpg|Illustration by Gaston Smit from the novel Petite Dactylo (1933 or earlier). File:Gaston Smit Petite Dactylo 07.jpg|Illustration by Gaston Smit from the novel Petite Dactylo (1933 or earlier). Image:Comixpank jatb detail 4.jpg|Two girls watch a boy getting spanked. Detail from Jack and the Brownies by Comixpank. Image:Spanked houseboy.jpg|A disobedient houseboy is spanked in front of a witness. Rendered image by OTTO. File:Witnessed.jpg|"Witnessed", artwork by Danny M. (2005). File:Cboy19c.jpg|Collegeboy is spanked in front of his girlfriend.