Women accuse famous Brazilian spiritual ‘healer’ of sex abuse
December 10, 2018 | Brainwave Science
Several women have accused an internationally known self-proclaimed spiritual healer of sexually abusing them under the pretext of curing them of problems like depression.
The allegations were made against Joao Teixeira de Faria, 76. He is known as “Joao de Deus” (Joao of God). These were made on Friday on the widely viewed Television network. A Dutch choreographer identified as Zahira Leeneke Maus and nine Brazilian women, who remained anonymous, accused Faria of making them perform sex acts.
Maus said that Faria had raped her. Two other women gave similar accounts of sexual abuse by Faria, bringing the total to a dozen. The acts are said to have taken place in Faria’s “spiritual hospital” in Abadiania, near the capital, Brasilia.
Faria’s press service has issued a statement in his defence that he had used his powers to treat thousands of people over the past 44 years and “he vehemently rejects any improper practice during his treatments”. Faria’s has followers in the United States, Europe and Australia. In fact, Oprah Winfrey, visited Faria in 2013 to witness his “miracles”. Several media outlets have done critical investigations into Faria’s claims of healing and some uncovered previous allegations of sexual abuse and other improprieties for which he has never been prosecuted.
In cases of rape and molestation, the investigative agencies can proceed faster if the crime is recent, DNA evidence is present and recoverable, etc.
Statistically, DNA and conventional fingerprinting are only applicable in 1 out of 50 cases. If justice is not served when the perpetrator is likely to roam free and find more victims.
The perpetrator has a memory of the crime committed by him or her. Through the ages, there has existed no way to reliably say whether crime-specific information is present in a human brain. The lie-detector test, although common knowledge, is of doubtful accuracy.
Correct investigation in Faria’s case can have far-reaching consequences. If Faria is guilty then his conviction can save many from falling in the trap. However, if he is not guilty, then his reputation can be saved from the false accusations of sexual abuse.
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