Little Girl Terrified As She Was Violently Baptized By Russian Priest Because "Satan Is Inside Her." How To Prevent This Type Of Abuse?
When you think of a child being baptized, you probably imagine them being gently submerged in the water for only a few seconds, or the priest simply pouring small droplets of water over the child's scalp with his hand.
This baptism video is far from gentle and, quite frankly, borders on child abuse.
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According to Child Help, the United States child protection agencies receive over 3.6 million referrals every year, involving more than 6.6 million children. An average of four to seven children are lost every day due to child abuse and neglect. Child abuse isn't peculiar to just the United States and it can happen anywhere - even in a church.
There have been quite a number of reports about violent baptisms. For example, these parents had to literally wrench their baby out of the priest's arms when he became disturbingly violent towards the child. In another scenario, a viral video shows a priest aggressively dunking babies in and out of the water during a baptism ceremony.
Did he go too far?
A priest named Ilia Semiletov was videotaped pushing a two-year-old girl's head in a font in southwest Russia. In the video, the little girl can be heard screaming in terror and no one intervened.
Even the parents were not bothered about the level of aggressiveness with which the priest handled the child. It was reported that the girl simply cried because she was afraid of the priest.
According to Daily Mail, one worried parishioner, however, revealed that the priest told her that children who are not newborns must be "broken" during baptism because "Satan is sitting inside them."
The woman, Liliya Reznikova, said:
I remember how I was scared when he began to speak this nonsense.
Local media reported that the Russian Orthodox church is planning to take action against the priest. Archpriest Mikhail Samokhin said:
He has been suspended from officiating at services and he will be judged by the church court.
How to prevent baptism abuse
There's nothing more horrifying than watching your child go through this type of abuse in a church. In order to reduce the chances of that happening, these tips can help.
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- Speak to your priest beforehand to understand his beliefs in terms of chid-baptism;
- Wherever possible, attend other baptism ceremonies where the priest officiated so you can witness his methods first-hand;
- Explicitly express your views to the priest and the church about how you'll like your child to be baptized;
- Don't be afraid to step in during the baptism if things are starting to look too aggressive for your comfort. Your child is counting on you.
More tips on how to recognize and prevent other types of child abuse can be found here.
We can put an end to this sort of assault on innocent children when we become unafraid to speak up.