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Old 10-02-2015, 09:54 PM   #743
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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
has happened”.

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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