BBC News – Reports of ‘witchcraft’ abuse on the rise in London

The Met raises awareness of child abuse linked to religion

The Metropolitan Police Service have collaborated with the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service to host an event tonight raising awareness of child abuse linked to faith or belief. The event at City Hall from 8pm will bring together representatives from education, social care, healthcare and faith organisations.

The Met have seen an increase in allegations relating to ritual child abuse which range from child neglect, common assault, ABH, administrating noxious substances to sexual assault offences. Some examples include dunking children to wash away evil spirits, parents removing children from school to take them out of the country for an exorcism ceremony and chilli peppers being rubbed in children’s eyes to remove evil spirits.

“Abuse linked to belief is a horrific crime which is condemned by people of all cultures, communities and faiths….Families or carers genuinely believe that the victim has been completely taken over by the devil or an evil spirit, which is often supported by someone who within the community has portrayed themselves as an authority on faith and belief. Often in the perpetrators minds, any abuse is not going to affect the victim because he or she believes the child is effectively not there any more and the abuse is directed at whatever has possessed the child. The victim is often convinced that this is the truth and that the abuse is ‘normal’ behaviour.

“Regardless of the beliefs of the abusers, child abuse is child abuse. Our role is to safeguard children, not challenge beliefs. We investigate crimes against children, but our main aim is to prevent abuse in the first place. This is a hidden crime and we can only prevent it by working in partnership with the community. Project Violet aims to build trust with communities and emphasise that child protection is everyone’s responsibility.”


Reports of ‘witchcraft’ abuse on the rise in London

There has been a rise in the number of police investigations in London into ritual child abuse linked to witchcraft.

The Metropolitan Police has reported 27 allegations, including rape, in the past year.

Police met teachers, childcare staff and health workers on Wednesday to discuss how to tackle the abuse.

BBC London’s Guy Smith met abuse survivor Kevani Kanda and Dept Supt Terry Sharpe of the Met Police.

Some users may find details in this report upsetting. Featuring footage from Branded a Witch, BBC Three.

via BBC News – Reports of ‘witchcraft’ abuse on the rise in London.

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 Youth Pastor Molests Daughter, Lead Pastor Dedicates Children to Satan; Fallen Church Inspires HBO’s ‘True Detective’

The 2005 Louisiana church molestation case that inspired the plot for the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” series involved a so-called youth pastor sexually abusing his own daughter and the lead pastor dedicating children to satan.

Details of the case, which involved pastor Louis Lamonica Jr., and youth pastor Austin “Trey” Bernard of Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, were revealed in a new VICE media documentary, “The Real ‘True Detective.'”

Lamonica’s initial confession to local police opened up the case in 2005. The detectives who worked the case, captain Stuart Murphy of the Tangipahoa Sheriff’s Office and Tom Tedder, a special agent with the FBI, discussed it in greater detail with VICE and revealed some horrifying details.

Murphy revealed part of Bernard’s confession where he discussed the likelihood that he molested his own daughter.

“I did touch my daughter and have improper contact with her,” Bernard told police in his confession. “At about 1-year-old, I began having shaking hands when changing her diaper, fearing what I am capable of.”

Lamonica, who is now serving four concurrent life sentences for the details he gave up in his confession, admitted to satanic practices, child molestation, and the abuse of his own children inside the church.

“And the dedication of [this 1-year old] into satan was this pentagram,” said Lamonica to police during his confession. She would be standing in the middle and it was like, her little dress/outfit was taken off and, there was a animal killed. If I remember right, it was a cat. Killed, blood drained and everybody drank the blood.”