British authorities have reported that child abuse related to accusations of witchcraft and exorcism is on the rise. Project Violet, a specialized unit within the Metropolitan Police Service that specifically handles faith and belief-based child abuse, reports 60 crimes occurring this year alone. This is compared to 46 incidents in 2014—a number which had more than doubled from the year previously. As you might figure, research also shows that these types of crimes are underreported.
“You’ll get the actual physical abuse and injuries taking place, and, in the worst-case scenario, we’ve had some homicides as well,” Project Violet’s Detective Sergeant Terry Sharpe told BBC. Sharpe described two separate cases where a nine-year-old boy was thrown out of his home after they called him a “devil child” and another where a child was attacked by his mother because she believed he was a witch possessed by evil spirits.
In 2010, 15-year-old Kristy Bamu was found dead on Christmas Day after spending the holidays with his siblings. His sister and her partner believed Bamu was a witch possessed by spirits, and the couple drowned the boy in a bath after torturing him for several days leading up to his death.
In another case, a girl named Kevani Kanda was six years old when her family accused her of being a witch because she had been sleepwalking and wet the bed. They believed she was possessed, but she was experiencing the effects of trauma from being molested by a relative. Kanda was tortured and beaten for the next five years. As an adult, she traveled to the Congo for a 2013 BBC documentary called Branded a Witch, which covered the story of a four-year-old boy whose mother brought him to church for playing too rough with his brother. The church pastor subsequently deduced he was possessed and also a witch.
Debbie Ariyo, founder of Africans Unite Against Child Abuse, told BBC there are churches that make these accusations for financial gain. “The pastor says there’s a witch in this church today; looks around and points to a child,” says Ariyo. “That means public humiliation for the family. The next step is exorcism which is not done for free. It’s a money-making scam.”
Ariyo also said these types of allegations were often made when other families experience problems. In August of this year, five women were lynched in eastern India by locals who believed they were witches, blaming them for a recent outbreak of illness, poor crops and a death of a child in the village. Another woman from a northeastern part of India was beheaded for similar reasons, in the month prior. According to statistics from the Indian government, 2,000 murders related to witchcraft accusations occurred across the country between 2000 and 2012. Most of the deaths were women.
Then, on the other side, there are the actual witches who are victimized due to grotesque assumptions and misinformation of their craft. In July, Wiccans were outraged when a Florida sheriff’s department announced a triple homicide was a “ritualistic killing” linked to “witchcraft.”
Panic over witchcraft and possession occurs on global scale, even centuries after the Salem witch trials. “Globalization means that paranoia over black magic and spirit possession are no longer confined to developing nations,” said Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America, in a New York Times op-ed from last year. He came up with possible actions, such as laws that could be enacted preventing children from being accused of witchcraft, education of church congregations about how alleged exorcisms can turn into abuse, and re-categorization of actual “witchcraft”-related violence as hate crimes in international courts.
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You would think that this story is probably not real, well I’ll tell you this: believe as you please but I know what I have seen, done, experienced.
My name is Anthony Coetzee I live in south africa Getting (town krugersdorp) I am 18 and I’m posting this story for you who do not believe! People think that there are no such things as sprites, ghosts or Demons well I’m here to tell you that you are wrong.
I was only 14 and I went to a vacation spot with my aunt and like always I enjoyed the warm pools and the game zones and of course the girls I mean what kind of boy that age would not? I eventually met this girl there let’s just say her name was Denease (random name).
I was walking around with her in the complex and things was looking good but I kept feeling strange everywhere and kept seeing red eyes in the shadows, but kept ignoring it but that was a mistake. When we walked underneath a tree something hit me in my face and sent me tumbling to the ground. Denease helped me up and pointed out that I had a red mark on my face we were both freaked out.
Later that day just as the sun was about to set she went back to the flat they rented for the weekend. I was still standing there watching the sun set when suddenly as the sun sets I notice the shadows came closer to me and inside the shadows a dark figure coming closer to me. I then turned and attempted to run away but it was too late, the shadows reached me and it got close enough, it started to hit me on my back with a strange whip, 4 times to be exact, then it disappeared.
I walked back to our flat and my aunt asked me what was wrong then she saw the blood on my back she ripped my t shirt off and as she ran to fetch a towel she turned and stopped she told me the blood just dried up and disappeared. From that day I could see all the other worldly entities and these demons that haunt me. I found that I had the ability to fight back physically …if you would like to contact me and hear more of this story or many have an explanation of what is happening to me and why pleas email me at (firstname.lastname@example.org) I NEED ANWERS!
This Halloween, meet CERN’s very own WITCH – an experiment at ISOLDE, the laboratory’s nuclear facility. The 31 October conjures up images of pumpkins, ghouls and the iconic witch –complete with pointy hat and black cat. CERN’s WITCH (the Weak Interaction Trap for Charged Particles) experiment may not have the cat, but it does have its own particle-track broomstick.
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In the New Testament Book ofRevelation, an angel calledAbaddon is described as the king of an army of locusts; his name is first transcribed in Greek (Revelation 9:11—”whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon” (Ἀβαδδὼν)), and then translated (“which in Greek means the Destroyer” (Ἀπολλύων, Apollyon)).
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