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‘Witchcraft’ study prompts action

The report by Eleanor Stobart was commissioned by the Department for Education and Skills in the wake of high-profile court cases involving the abuse of African children following allegations of witchcraft. It follows a controversial Metropolitan Police report last year suggesting that abuse linked to churches was rife. ‘Scapegoating’ The report, Child Abuse Linked to Accusations of Possession and Witchcraft, examined cases of abuse which occurred since January 2000. It identified 74 cases of abuses linked to witchcraft allegations, many of which had common factors – such as a child being scapegoated, family structure and disability.

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