Children are being branded as witches in churches in the UK, with many suffering abuse from supposed exorcisms in which they are physically restrained and screamed at. But those are the lucky ones.
The very accusation of being a witch can result in children being starved, tortured, beaten, stabbed or even, as in the case of Victoria Climbié, murdered. It is an increasing problem around the country, campaigners say.
Police admit the cases they deal with are the tip of the iceberg, with people reluctant to speak out for fear of being stigmatised.
"It is a hidden crime that is very difficult to measure," said Jason Morgan, a detective based at the Metropolitan Police's Project Violet – a specialist child protection unit. "There may well be a large number of cases that never come to light ... it is a national problem," he added.
Children are weak and unable to defend themselves or walk away. So they're the first victims. Older people and women are next.
This is a global problem and one that will impact Pagans.