Faith abuse | Safeguarding Training Centre

Issue

Faith abuse is child abuse linked to faith or belief. This includes:

  • Belief in concepts of witchcraft and spiritual possession, demons or the devil acting through children or leading them astray, the evil eye or djinns and dakini
  • 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
  • Use of belief in magic or witchcraft to create fear in children to make them more compliant when they are being trafficked for domestic slavery or sexual exploitation 
  • Belief that children’s bad behaviour has brought about bad fortune 

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