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By some oversight, or a lack of careers guidance, I have never become a world leader. I regret not having been able to pass a law forcing journalists to provide a link to the research findings they are reporting. I know that The Search for Truth is a minority interest, but what stops them from linking their scribbles to the original research?

It is hardly fitting, on a day of rest, to be told that in the United Kingdom a large number of child abuse cases are due to the perpetrators believing in demon possession and witchcraft. The Daily Telegraph, normally a newspaper of record, reported:

Figures released by the Department for Education show that 1,460 cases in England included concerns about abuse which was “linked to faith and belief” during the year to March 2017.

The guidance states that such abuse includes the belief that children are witches or possessed by a spirit, demon or the devil, as well as “ritual or muti murders where the killing of children is believed to bring supernatural benefits or the use of their body parts is believed to produce potent magical remedies”.

In other cases, the guidance said, magic or witchcraft is used “to create fear in children to make them more compliant when they are being trafficked for domestic slavery or sexual exploitation”.
Examples include the superstition that calling a wrong number can bring malevolent spirits into the home.

Children can also be scapegoated for misfortune which has befallen other members of the family, such as unemployment or poverty.

The guidance came about following concerns raised about belief in witchcraft among “migrant African communities in England”, the document said.

Full newspaper article here:

Intrigued, I searched for the relevant report, said to be from the UK Department of Education, but my searches failed to come up with any government report. Perhaps it is being held back till an official launching party later next week. Even more likely, it is filed somewhere obscure. Perhaps no-one knows.

Many newspapers, in their various ways, covered the story, but the statistics and the source were not available. Perhaps it was felt that mere citizens should enquire no further, and the agreed summary was all we should see. There were previous reports and guidance from about 2012 onwards. As to this year’s findings, as far as I could find, silence.

You can get the flavour by looking at an Action Plan launched in August 2012.

The practice of torturing children on the basis of a religious delusion has been given an acronym:

Child abuse linked to faith or belief (CALFB) is not a recent phenomenon; nor specific to any given culture or faith.

The figures for which cultures or faiths do this sort of thing are not given.

On a more general note, a charity, NSPCC, says that there were 58,000 children identified as needing protection from abuse in the UK in 2016

Not only are there problems in getting good data from families, but some of the definitions, such as for emotional abuse, are elastic. The charity wants money, so cannot be considered dispassionate in these matters. However, they set out their referral routes and data sources carefully.

There were 61 child homicides across the UK in 2015/16, fewer than 6 in a million children up to age 17. This is good news, and the trend is downwards. There may be some under-recording when the cause of death cannot be proved, and this covers another 60 cases. Again, the trend is downwards.

Witchcraft cruelty and neglect England

However, cases of cruelty and neglect have increased. Also, based on a 2009 survey, 18.6 per cent of 11 to 17 year olds say they have experienced some type of severe maltreatment, so either they have been missed in the other data, or they are reporting severity in an exaggerated manner. Severe maltreatment would probably leave them incapable.

As regards the general category of perpetrators, hell seems to be siblings, peers and the community. Unfortunately, the table does not distinguish between parents and guardians. Perhaps it is no longer recorded as a distinction.

Witchcraft perps by family connection

In fact, in a later, un-numbered table we get some figures, which go against the predicted direction of more violence being perpetrated by genetically unrelated persons.

Witchcraft severe perpetrators table

The Police have some guidance:

As one might expect by now, all this is a story half-told. Seeing the detail of the child abuse cases, and looking at the genetic, cultural and religious background of the perpetrators would allow us to see if the abuse is indeed, as suggested, to be found in equal proportions in all religions and genetic groups. The actual exemplars are mostly African, which might be a coincidence, but absent proper data, one cannot be sure. In the wider picture, witchcraft is a minor aspect of child abuse, though it makes the heart sink because it appears to be a migration related problem, and why add problems to an already difficult area?

Of course, we could try an oblique approach. What sort of people believe that a child has been possessed by the devil? What sort of people believe that a possessed child is to be treated by being tortured with a pair of pliers? What sort of person is generally prone to superstition?

Superstition and other credulities have been studied, and the initial research suggested that people who have difficulties computing probabilities in a game of chance are also prone to misunderstanding coincidences in real life, hence prone to superstitions. This lovely study stood as an explanation for a long time, until another researcher took the obvious step (in retrospect) of checking how bright the subject were, and found that their scholastic attainments explained both their miscalculation of chance games and their miscalculation of chance events in life. Intelligence strikes again. Get the whole, very interesting, story here.

I think that it will be found that child abuse “linked to faith or belief” is in fact based on low ability, and while no group has a monopoly of low ability, it would be salutary to see the backgrounds of the miscreants.

In fact, a paper on this very subject, looking at child abuse between 1992 and 2000, a period before the highest mass immigration, finds that:

The individual, family and abuse characteristics of 700 children and young people referred to nine UK services over a nine-year period between 1992 and 2000 as a result of their sexually abusive behaviours were examined. The most common age at referral was 15 years, though a third of all referrals related to children aged 13 or under. Thirty-eight per cent of the sample were identified as learning disabled. Surprisingly high rates of sexual and non-sexual victimisation were present in the backgrounds of the children and young people referred. A wide range of abusive behaviours was perpetrated with just over half of the sample having penetrated or having attempted to penetrate another individual. Victims were usually known to the abuser but in 75 per cent of cases were not related. Fifty-one per cent of the sample abused females only, though 49 per cent had at least one male victim. The implications for policy and practice with children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours are discussed.

97% of abusers were male. At that time ethnicity was not routinely noted, but among those where race was recorded, 1% were Black. 3% Asian, 3% mixed race. This under-recording may be because the behaviour is less prevalent, or was far less reported in those communities.

The authors say:

In 38 per cent (n = 241) of cases where information about disability status was noted, the young person was identified as having a learning disability. In a further 62 per cent (n = 392) of cases, the young person had no cognitive impairment. This figure is significant given the prevalence of learning disability within the general population in England, which is estimated to be approximately two per cent (Emerson and Hatton, 2008).

Full paper here:

So, the over-representation of learning disabled persons is 19 fold. Two thirds of abusers were recorded as having had trauma and sex abuse. Genetic confounding is relevant, but is not discussed, even though by 2013 it might have been mentioned as a possible issue.

In sum, without being able to see the data on witchcraft, it seems very likely there is a common theme of low ability. Looking after children requires many skills, and very low ability is implicated as a cause of child abuse.

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  1. Sadly, those of low ability have always been the target of dupes and imposters wielding threats of black magic.

  2. Ben Frank says:

    Crimes and horrors perpetrated too often by immigrants. There are a million people like Ariel Castro waiting to move into a rich country.

    “Between 2002 and 2003, three young women—Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry, and Georgina “Gina” DeJesus—were kidnapped by Ariel Castro and held captive in his home in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio. They were subsequently imprisoned in his house on Seymour Avenue until May 6, 2013″

  3. Lots of news in your article. Thanks.

  4. The Daily Telegraph, a paper of record? What does the term paper of record mean? The publishing of mindless trivia from pop culture? Disinformation? Dangerous propaganda? Outright lies? The Telegraph is all of these and worse. Why people still buy this kind of shit amazes me, same goes for NYT and WaPo.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Anonymous
    , @Dave Bowman
  5. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Kidding, or have never read Le Bon’s The Psychology of Crowds?

    People need narratives. And they won’t take them except from who’s on top of the worth ladder — translated in unconscious terms: the power ladder.

    If those 3 papers you mention started to say truth, they’d lose followship, creed, to new, emerging myth-providers.
    It can’t be changed… and it can’t and won’t so far as the bulk of populations will need it.

  6. EH says:

    There may well be a correlation between low ability and certain types of magical thinking, but belief in magic is widespread in all societies and not limited to fools, Francis Bacon is said to have been the head of the Rosicrucians, Newton of course worked a great deal with alchemy and other occult and mystical studies, and in latter times Yeats was a member of the influential magical order The Golden Dawn.

    I just read a fascinating book by psychologist J. Finley Hurley Sorcery with a lot of interesting sources, there is a pdf of it “1445827184568-3.pdf” available at a disreputable site I won’t link but you can search for.

    (The preview button posted the comment while I was trying to check a format, so limited editing time now)

  7. Importing 3rd worlders = importing 3rd world problems.

    Import enough of them and you become a 3rd world country.

  8. My African postgraduate students certainly believe in witchcraft, as a rule, but seem unlikely to abuse their children.

    • Replies: @Anon
  9. jim jones says:

    Should circumcision be treated as child abuse? My Catholic Filipino neighbour had his son circumcised at the age of eight.

    • Replies: @Logan
  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Your rant and sneer prompted me to do a search for “newspaper of record” since the term had always seemed to me a bit pompous and tendentious but obviously not in line with your sarcastic characterisation. (I think I had first heard it applied to the London Times though there is reason to think that the NYT appropriated the term in the 1920s).

    Quite interesting. I don’t think Dr T should be accused of naiveté or dissembling. He is surely right to imply that the Telegraph is much more concerned than the red tops and Daily Mail, e.g., about maintaining a reputation for reporting facts which are important and which are facts.

  11. Renoman says:

    Well you fill your house with filth you are bound to get dirty. Fools!

  12. Logan says:

    Child abuse linked to faith or belief (CALFB) is not a recent phenomenon; nor specific to any given culture or faith.

    The second phrase is classic weasel wording, used to obscure inconvenient correlations.

    It can be translated to “not exclusive to any given culture or faith.” Which conveniently ignores the probable fact that it is probably dozens of times more common in some cultures or faiths than others.

    For instance, to illustrate with a hypothetical, 2000 cases in the minority African-descent population vs. 10 cases in the historic white English majority population is technically not “specific to any given culture or faith.”

  13. Logan says:
    @jim jones

    Until quite recently, most American men were circumcised shortly after birth. The rate peaked at 85% in 1975.

  14. TheJester says:

    Witch doctors sacrificing children in this drought-stricken African country …

    In this landlocked country whose diverse landscape includes the snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria, many believe sacrificial rituals can bring quick wealth and health.

    Among those rituals, human sacrifice, especially of children, occurs frequently despite the government’s efforts to stop it.

    Seven children and two adults were sacrificed last year, said Moses Binoga, a police officer who heads Uganda’s Anti-Human Sacrifice and Trafficking Task Force. Seven children and six adults were sacrificed in 2015.

    But experts said the number could be much higher.

    Recognizing that it is politically incorrect (actually forbidden) to wager ethnicities with respect to what is going on in the UK, I still wonder if they are related. If Western countries import large sub-Saharan African populations, does it make sense to assume they are importing witchcraft and child sacrifice as well?

  15. Stories about exorcism appear with increasing frequency in the news, despite the fact that the Catholic Church hadn’t been taking the matter seriously for at least a century. Remember in The Exorcist how much trouble they had finding an actual exorcist because the church had ceased to believe in demonic possession?

    And yet here we are forty years later and hardly a day goes by without a story about possession and exorcism appearing on Drudge. My suspicion was that it was entirely due to an increase in the number of Africans and mestizos and it appears I was right.

    • Replies: @Lucius Somesuch
  16. @Johnny Smoggins

    William Friedkin, the agnostic, ethnically Jewish director of the film, has maintained a lifelong intrigue with the subject, finally getting to witness a “live event” and writing about it non-dismissively for Vanity Fair (I perused, half-blind, the Reader’s Digest version the other week while waiting for my glasses to get adjusted).

  17. Truth says:

    By some oversight, or a lack of careers guidance, I have never become a world leader.

    Well, anyone who has read half of one of your posts can think of other reasons…

    • Replies: @Santoculto
  18. @Truth

    Little more sociopathy…

  19. Mario964 says:

    I have spent many years in Africa as an expat employee.
    Witchcraft is ubiquitous, human sacrifices belong to African culture that is still deeply rooted.
    In Nigeria head-hunters are paid to provide heads to be buried with dead “big men”. I was living in the Niger river delta in the summer of 1978 when the King of Benin died. I remember that deep fear was widespread among the natives, all of them, men and women, shaved their heads in remembrance and submission to the ancient creed that “My head belongs to the King“, the rumors were that almost 400 heads had been collected to provide a proper bed for the King’s corpse to be laid upon. The body of a headless pregnant woman was reportedly found in Benin city, her belly ripped open and her fetus decapitated.
    See: “My head belong to the King

    During civil war in Liberia warlord Joshua Milton Blahyi, better known as General Butt Naked, was used to kill children, cut open their back, drink their blood and rip off their heart, which was then sliced and given to eat to his soldiers. He admitted to have murdered not less than 20.000 persons but has now assumed the role of a preacher and can boast to have a quite numerous flock of followers.
    See: Spiegel Online International. Atoning for 20.000 war crimes.
    YouTube: The cannibal warlords

    Importing such culture-enrichers by yhe millions.
    Wikipedia: On 21 September 2001, the torso of a young boy was discovered in the River Thames, near Tower Bridge in central London. Dubbed “Adam” by police officers, the unidentified remains belonged to a black male, around four to seven years old, who had been wearing orange girls’ shorts.
    A long sequel of articles on this ritual murder in London can be found on BBC archives. Just search for Adam The Torso Boy.

    More on this subject from BBC: Where child sacrifice is a business

    Spineless godlesss Europeans swimming in the sewage of their liquid society get what they deserve.

  20. Even dumb people want to believe they are empowered by some secret knowledge.

    For them, it’s stuff like voodoo, astrology, or palm reading.

    The powerful and the rich got material evidence of their power.

    But powerless got no such evidence. So, they want to believe they possess some secret knowledge.

    It’s like Jerry pretending to hold some secret in his fist to fool Tom.
    Tom, who has no respect for Jerry, is suddenly piqued by Jerry as the holder of a secret knowledge.

  21. …efactors. Despite this, we are not pessimistic about the ultimate sequencing outcome of our samples, or the completion of o…

    i almost feel sorry for people like jimmy.


  22. James,

    I admire & respect your courage in writing this article.

    As you likely know, there are legions of elite (secret) Stanists who occupy high positions in all levels of U.S. society, corporations, and government institutions.

    Thanks very much.

    • Replies: @Truth
    , @Anonymous
  23. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Simon in London

    Postgraduate students believe in witchcraft?

    You aren’t doing a very good job of teaching, are you? Christ, pound that garbage out of their heads before their unsuspecting employers and the public have to deal with that crazy African nonsense.

    • Replies: @ChuckOrloski
    , @pb
  24. @Anon

    “… and the public have to deal with that crazy nonsense.”

    Hey Anon,

    Watch deranged & idolized Madonna “pound” satanic garbage into impressionable heads while performing the video, linked below. Uh… it’s from 1999?

    Thank you, Anon.

  25. Truth says:

    I’ve read estimates of FOUR TO FIVE MILLION practicing Satanists in America, and they are not the clowns walking around with pentagrams, they are the 1%.

  26. @NoseytheDuke

    Or perhaps you’re just another brain-dead Tory-hating social justice warrior spastic, who doesn’t want to hear, read or think about the hard truth – The real-world effects in a once-civilised nation of ten million illiterate, uneducated, talentless, superstitious, unassimilable wogs and sand niggers from across the (almost all Moslem-based) stinking third-world hellholes, who were shipped into the UK wholesale in just 12 years by the Labour goverment, bringing all of their third-world problems and colourful “cultural” behaviours with them – not forgetting their exotic diseases, which are now consequently steadily on the rise across every inner-city ghetto in London and all over the UK.

    These violent, vicious, worthless deadbeat jungle bunnies, who should never have been allowed to enter the United Kingdom in the first place – let alone be given a British Passport to which they have no right by smug, complacent, utterly corrupted Labour- party government cultural marxists – will continue to behave exactly as they behaved in their native communities and “cultures”, and the resultant extensive and disturbing social and crime problems they cause will go on increasing in both numbers, and severity. There is only one conceivable solution which has any chance now of remedying the manifold ills of a nation as far sunk in Jewish cultural marxist multiculturalist horseshit as the UK, and every educated thinking White person knows what it is.

    But never mind the facts – or the defenceless victims of this black third-world madness: It’s much more idealogically important to a stupid, traitorous, brain-dead SJW to point-and-splutter inanities at the few newspapers/media which try to keep tabs on the problem and report it squarely, isn’t it, mate ?

  27. pb says:

    one of the conceits of westerners is that religions belief and scientific progress are exclusive and incompatible.

    and yet ignore that many of the greatest names in science, newton for instance where deeply religious believers in mysticism and magic.

    a chemistry experiment is not effected at all by whether i believe that christ is the son of god, or their is no allah but allah, or whatever random religion or idol you believe in.

  28. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Ephesians 6:11-12King James Version (KJV)

    11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    • Agree: ChuckOrloski
  29. why does jimmy have two posts under “science articles”?

    i’m thinking maybe unz’s birth name was “funz”.

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