WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE UK???? Yes, the fundies are active in the UK too. The following is
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE UK????
Yes, the fundies are active in the UK too. The following is
taken from the Times Newspaper of Tuesday 13 March 1990:
NSPCC says ritual child abuse rife
By Libby Jukes & Richard Duce
Children as young as five are being forced to take part in
bizarre sex and satanic rituals, the National Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said yesterday.
Satanic rites involving drugs, animal sacrifices and the
drinking of urine and blood are causing "great anxiety" to
the NSPCC. It says there is widespread evidence of child
pornography and sex rings.
The charity is calling for the Government and police to act
after seven investigating teams has reported ritualistic
Mr Jim Harding, the NSPCC child care director, said that in
many cases of ritual abuse "threats are made to the children
to control them and to try to keep them silent about what
He described a horrifying catalogue of reported ceremonies
in which urine and blood were drunk while children aged only
five and adults wore masks and costumes.
"Sometimes animals are abused and killed. Sometimes there is
sexual activity between adults in view of children. Drugs or
alcohol are often used, and the children are made to drink
the alcohol or administer the drugs."
Ritualistic abuse "has connotations with some kind of
supernatural symbolic behaviour," he said.
The society and the Department of Health are wring together
to tackle the problem and will hold a meeting in the next
few weeks with police, social services departments and
churches to "try to make some sort of early estimates about
how common this behaviour is, and also consider how best to
deal with the problems of organised abuse".
A spokeswoman for the charity said: "There may well not be
any evidence in terms of the police being able to make
prosecutions - in such cases you frequently only have the
childs' evidence and sometimes that child is too young to
give evidence in court.
"Children involved in organised abuse may be frightened and
even under questioning find it difficult to express what has
happened to them.
"However, we are absolutely sure that we are dealing with a
problem that's happening and that the children we are
dealing with are telling us the truth."
Seven NSPCC teams reported finding evidence of children
being caught up in ritual abuse, while another seven
expressed fears that they had found youngsters who could
have been involved in similar activities. Scotland Yard says
it has no firm evidence of satanic or ritualistic abuse, but
concedes that young victims might be terrified into silence.
The spokeswoman said police were working closely with the
charity in the areas where the first seven teams operated.
"We cannot identify those areas because to do so would
endanger the lives of the children and the social workers
A survey of the 66 child protection teams in England, Wales
and Northern Ireland found that 14 teams had received
reports of ritual abuse from children and seven of them were
working directly with children who had been ritually abused,
sometimes in groups of 20.
Presenting the society's annual report, Mr Christopher
Brown, the director, said that the year ending September
1989, in which income rose 33 per cent to œ26 million, had
seen record activity for the society. About 54,000 children
were helped, 12.5 per cent more than in the previous year.
The society saw more than 5,000 cases of physical abuse,
4,500 of neglect and 3,600 of sexual abuse.
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Now, the above was more or less reflected in all the UK
national newspapers. The SAFF (S.A. Legal Fighting Fund)
rushed out the following press release in return:
BIAS IN NSPCC ANNUAL REPORT PUTS FAMILIES AT RISK
The countries leading child welfare organisation has chosen
to perpetuate fabricated scares from fundamentalists and use
*disproved* allegations about Satanic linked Child Sex Abuse
in the full knowledge that this could lead to a break up of
good families who adhere to minority religious creeds.
The NSPCC are fully aware that there is no proof whatsoever
that Satanists are more likely to involve themselves in
sexual abuse of children than anyone else and have been sent
evidence which proves that a child is 30 times more likely
to be abused by the Christian Clergy than by Satanists.
Where then, we ask, is the NSPCC campaign against paedophile
FBI DOCUMENT IGNORED BY NSPCC?
Furthermore the NSPCC are in possession of a definitive FBI
document resulting from a two year nationwide research in
Satanic Crime Scare which categorically states that Satanic
Crime does not exist and is the result of scaremongering by
extremist fundamentalist groups. The NSPCC has chosen to
ignore this information in favour of medieval superstition
derived from a handful of its inspectors whose comments and
scaremongering reveal a dangerous subconscious bias in the
administration of the NSPCC.
The NSPCC was warned following their carefully worded press
statement of July 17 1989 that ignorance of alternative
religions by the popular press had ment that the genuine
religious beliefs of Paganism/Witchcraft would be confused
in any statements which refered to Satanism and that the
growing number of good, honest and honourable young Pagan
families were at risk from over generalisations and a
misconception of the problem at hand.
Yet despite offers to help differentiate and educate the
NSPCC about these beliefs in continued corespondence with
Kevin Barrett the policy information officer of the NSPCC
the NSPCC went ahead in its annual report and irresponsibly
covered the scare without ANY hard evidence to prove its
conclusions and have thereby perpetuated the ignorance of
the general populace and exacerbated the intolerance already
growing within out society to minority religious beliefs.
NSPCC LAST BASTION OF IMPERIAL COLONIALISM?
The NSPCC an dour Christian Culture has failed to move with
the times and have acted emotionally without considering the
effects of their arrogance on Sikhs; Moslems; Shintoists;
Buddhists; Hindus; Jews; Pagans; and the myriad of
philosophies and religions which now make up our pluralist
society. Just because something is different does not mean
that it is subversive or criminal and it is only by
jetisoning the arrogance of colonial thinking an d
implementing a learning process that we will come to terms
with a truly multi-cultural society.
The NSPCC is out of touch. White, married, middle-class
Christ in suburbia is now a MINORITY phenomenon within our
population. As our society develops into a truly
multi-racial and multi-cultural melting pot the people will
grow increasingly weary with that kind of self-righteousness
which measures all right and wrong by a restricted set of
values which do not take into account the dignity and
aspirations of different beliefs.
In short the NSPCC have made just about the most terrible
mistake that a self-appointed childrens' charity can make.
Child abuse is a universal and terrible crime which is
perpetrated by criminals regardless of creed and culture. To
suggest that all who adhere to one particular belief are
more likely to abuse children than anyone else is
intellectually constipated and misleading as insisting that
all blacks have a tendency towards crime or that all muslims
are fanatical terrorists.
Our society has made great inroads into realising the effect
of subconscious racism and sexual discrimination and it is
about time that our people set themselves free of pundits
and experts who are culturally prejudiced against allowing
others to follow their freedom of belief. The restriction of
such inalienable human rights is a despicable action whether
consciously or unconsciously done.
It might comfort the ignorant and the insecure within our
society to project inhuman crimes onto a scapegoat but that
will not cure the problem of child sexual abuse. It is an
act of belligerent ignorance to blame such things upon a
minority group because no other answer to the problem seems
Curing the problem is what the NSPCC sets itself up to do
yet this annual report of theirs finds excuses not
solutions. The inability of some NSPCC inspectors to remain
unbiased and the organisations reluctance to enter into a
meaningful dialogue with minority beliefs (who have just as
much an interest in seeing society freed from the crime of
child abuse as they have) is indicative of intolerance and
expediency. Whether those minority beliefs are Muslim,
Pagan, Buddhist, or even Satanic is immaterial.
The satanic/occult child abuse scare has been proven a total
fabrication. If the NSPCC has been spending resources
investigating an illusion born of prejudice and bigotry,
even in the face of factual and documentary evidence to
prove otherwise, how many REAL child molesters have been
allowed to operate whilst the spotlight was elsewhere?
The NSPCC has been unwilling to retract or elaborate upon
its July 17 statement. The body has been unwilling to enter
into dialogue about the genuine aspects of the religious
belief of Paganism and Witchcraft with the official
representatives of those religions. The NSPCC has failed to
support the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights which
SPECIFICALLY protects individual freedom of belief and
imposes a moral responsibility upon agencies of member
states (including the UK) to be aware of the articles in the
declaration and to uphold them. The NSPCC has even refused
to make a corporate statement about its official view of
The NSPCC is a well respected body. It should put up or shut
up. So far it has produced a lot of wind AND NO EVIDENCE.
The fact is that its leaders have been mislead. Never before
in the history of the NSPCC has the society addressed the
allegations of Satanic Child Sexual Abuse; Satanism as a
recorded belief is hundreds of years old. Are we to assume
that the NSPCC has only just been able to enquire on this
subject? How do they identify a Satanist anyhow? What
reasoning have the NSPCC put forward for Satanists acting in
the way the society has alleged? Why is a Satanist supposed
to be more disposed to commit child sexual abuse than anyone
else? Simple questions but without these answers NSPCC
opinion adds up only to prejudice.
And is this the thin end of the wedge? Will Jews be
criticised next for mutilating their babies when performing
circumcision soon after birth? Will the NSPCC dictate that
Yoruba boys must not undergo facial scarring in their
puberty initiations and rule that Sikh boys must not have
their hair shorn when reaching manhood because it is
psychologically damaging? This country must wake up and
decide whether it is willing to allow well-ment ignorance to
impose itself upon ethnic traditions or whether it is
willing to bestow dignity upon these who make up our
society, however "different" they may seem. If leaders of
these various ethnic and cultural groups, having undergone
these ceremonies themselves as children, still value and see
the need for such things who is to tell them otherwise?
Certainly not the NSPCC.
Perpetrators of child sexual abuse are criminals and the
crime should carry its appropriate punishment; however as a
society we must ensure that we do not confuse subconscious
prejudice and bigotry and ignorance with out intent to
protect children and go so overboard that we actually
devalue the society we bequest to them.
If the NSPCC wishes to be taken seriously and is doing its
job properly and their allegations about organised satanic
conspiracies to abuse children is a reality then THEY WILL
NOT ONLY BE ABLE TO PRODUCE PROOF INCONTROVERTIBLE BUT THEY
WILL, SURELY, HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BRING MANY PROSECUTIONS. But
the NSPCC has not been able to bring any such prosecutions
which categorically and incontrovertibly link Satanism with
child sex abuse.
The NSPCC has a long deserved good reputation for the
protection of children. It has mistakenly entered an arena
with which it is ill equipped to deal. The society has no
need to traffic with hysteria and sensationalism in order to
further its ends. Those in charge of the NSPCC need to look
at the results of their actions very clearly indeed and
admit that they were mislead and in error in their
conclusions; for that is the truth of the matter and it now
a historical and dishonourable fact that rather than
enlighten and improve out society on this subject those who
lead the NSPCC have simply added to the sum total of human
As representatives of the estimated 250,000 genuine and law
abiding occultists and Pagans throughout the UK, we invite
the NSPCC to join with us in getting at the truth of the
matter. We offer the expertise and knowledge of our members
in the complex area of Alternative and New Age beliefs to
avoid the police, the social services, and the NSPCC itself
squandering resources on a wild goose chase. More than that,
we invite the NSPCC to investigate thoroughly and then
publically announce the error in their past statements so
that they can return to their proper job of protecting
children at risk instead of being used by one religious
belief as a hammer to suppress another.
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