History repeats itself. Is it now?
This article appearing in RUSSIA TODAY and quoted throughout the world reminds me of the Satanic Panic of the 1980s.. Headline: WITCHCRAFT AND EXORCISM ABUSE RISING IN THE UK..
They attribute their findings to the police.
The UK is experiencing an alarming rise in children suffering from accusations of witchcraft and exorcism, which are being reported to the police. A watchdog says there has been “a significant increase” with 60 cases reported so far in 2015.
One incident saw a young boy’s parents throwing him out of their home because they believed he was a “devil child,” while another child had his face bitten by his mother, who believed he was a “witch possessed by evil spirits.”
The claims were made by Project Violet, which is trying to stop faith-based abuse. The operation is being run by London’s Metropolitan Police. They say that 60 cases have already been recorded so far this year and is part of a worrying trend, which has seen a rapid rise in the number of cases that have been reported.
Another high-profile case of abuse linked to religious ritual involved the murder of Kristy Bamu, who was savagely beaten by his sister’s partner, Eric Bikubi, in 2010. Bamu, who was 15 at the time, was accused by Bikubi of being possessed by“evil spirits,” and subsequently hit with hammers, floor tiles and broken glass, before being drowned in a bathtub.
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) urged Britain to do more to stop this brutal form of people trafficking.
Let me say this, first: People who believe in the paranormal or strange will get a fair shake from the HORROR REPORT. We wonder and ponder the same subject matter as well.. we don’t judge because, as said many times over, the paranormal seems unlikely until it happens to you.
But we also like to deal with facts.
So do the facts back up the hype over exorcisms and satanic ritual abuse? Do the numbers tell the same story that media attention creates?
We need to be watchful that we aren’t falling victim to over-hyped numbers that add up to less than a drop in the bucket.
All the while recognize the moments and actual events that need attention. In the 80s, the hype was overdone. But the media ignored the Franklin Credit Union cover up.