Not for the first time, we note that certain Hampstead SRA hoax pushers have latched onto a news story about child abuse connected to witchcraft and demonic possession. And as usual, those who think this story “proves” the false claims of Satanic ritual abuse in Hampstead have got hold of the wrong end of the stick.
Sharing a post from Brian Clare, Andy Devine comments, “‘Satanic Ritual (Abuse) Torture according to some doesn’t exist????? Tell That To the Hampstead Children!!”
The problem is, while the article in question is most definitely about child abuse, and the child abuse in question is related to belief in witchcraft and demonic possession, it has nothing to do with SRA, and even less to do with the Hampstead hoax.
…where the abuser believes a child is a witch, has been possessed by a spirit, demons or the devil, or has brought bad fortune into the home in other ways.
They can also include cases where fear of the supernatural is used to make children comply with being trafficked for domestic slavery or sexual exploitation.
Ironically, witchcraft-related child abuse is most likely to be perpetrated by religious fanatics, whether Christian, Muslim, or Hindu—as certain sects within these religions believe that evil spirits or demons can enter into the bodies of children, and that these demons must be driven out of the child via exorcisms which can include beatings, submersion in water to the point of drowning, and other forms of torture.
Alternatively, child victims may be terrorised by adults who claim to use witchcraft on them, in order to force them into compliance when being trafficked for domestic slavery or sexual exploitation.
The number of potential witchcraft abuse cases in the UK has risen from 1,460 in 2016/17 to 1,630 last year, according to the Birmingham Mail. Although it’s widespread, this form of child abuse generally remains hidden within families and communities, and its signs are not always obvious to outsiders.
High-profile cases include eight-year-old Victoria Climbié, tortured and murdered by her great-aunt and her boyfriend in 2000. A preacher from a neopentecostal church had allegedly claimed that the child was possessed. According to the pathologist who performed her post mortem examination, Climbié had been burnt with cigarettes, tied up for long periods of time, and hit with bicycle chains, hammers, and wires.
The Musa case
Those familiar with the dossier of Sabine McNeill and Belinda McKenzie will recall the case of the Musa children, who reported that their parents had subjected them to serious physical abuse during multiple attempts to exorcise “evil spirits”.
A Telegraph article at the time stated,
The Nigerian couple, who claimed their kids were possessed by evil spirits, beat them with brooms, hoovers and wires and even gave their baby a morphine overdose just days after her first birthday….
Sentencing them to seven years behind bars each Judge James Patrick described it as “shocking mistreatment” that they had tried to cover up with a “web of deception”.
In May 2016 we wrote:
According to the Musas’ eldest daughter, who dropped a letter out of her bedroom window in a last-ditch cry for help, “My mum is the worst mum ever because she can’t cope with five of us, her broken hand and being pregnant. She always leaves me out so I always starve and I am forced to work. If I don’t get enough house work done, I am beaten without mercy with the wooden end of a broom. I have scars all over me to prove it. I can’t stay here. I would like a new mum”.
She also stated that her father had dangled her by her feet down the stairwell of the house, tied her hands behind her back and her legs together “to get the devilish spirits out”. She and her siblings showed investigators stick-shaped bruises on their bodies, and spoke of being left alone for hours, sometimes days, without food.
Belinda, Sabine, Maurice Kirk, and Charlotte Ward all fought to have the Musa children returned to their abusive parents. Fortunately for the children, they failed.
However, we cannot help but note the irony in religious zealots like Andy Devine claiming that witchcraft-related child abuse somehow proves the existence of Satanic ritual abuse. On the contrary, this form of child abuse is likely to be perpetrated by people just like him.