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Child Abuse Involving Witchcraft

Question

Please could you tell me the number of cases Avon and Somerset Constabulary recorded where child abuse involved an accusation of witchcraft or possession by spirits. Please include cases where abusers believed that evil forces were acting through the child. Language used might include black magic, kindoki, ndoki, dakini, the evil eye, djinns, voodoo, obeah, devils, curses, demons, and child sorcerers. The abuse might involve attempts to drive out evil; to ‘exorcise’, or ‘deliver’ the child, causing physical or emotional/psychological harm, or neglect. It may be an element in cases of trafficking or sexual abuse. Please provide the figures for a) 2014 b) 2013 c) If possible within the reasonable time limit please also provide the figures for 2012

Answer

No information has been identified in relation to this request.

In addition Avon and Somerset Constabulary can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information relevant to this request by virtue of the following exemption: Section 23(5).

Section 23(5) Information Supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.  Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies.

 

FOI Reference: 1182/15