Italian news website Fanpage created a video featuring five young boys aged between 6 to 11 asked to slap a young girl named Martina. Titled ““Slap her”: children’s reactions,” the video has been viewed more than 6.5 million times since it was posted on YouTube on Jan. 4, Sunday.

In an attempt to raise awareness of domestic violence issues against women, Italian video journalist Luca Lavarone conducted the social experiment on a busy Italian street. Before introducing the boys to Martina, he asked them some introductory questions about themselves.

When Lavarone asked them to slap Martina, all the five boys said no even after Lavarone repeatedly said, “Slap her!” When asked why, they all pointed out that she is a girl. One of the boys said he is against violence while another one said he is not going to do it because he is a man. One also said, “First of all, I can’t hit her because she’s pretty and she’s a girl."

The viral video was received positively getting more than 34,000 likes. On the other hand, it was still given more than 1,000 thumbs down and some negative comments. One commenter wrote, “Why did you get a (sic) attractive young girl? This video is so bogus.”

Watch the heart-warming “Slap her”: children’s reactions” video here:

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