During the witch hunts it is true that men, too, were accused of witchcraft along with women. What sets them apart was the treatment accused women received in comparison to men. For now, one of the most acceptable numbers of accused witches is around 60,000, with 80% being women and 85% of the executed also being women; many believing it to be a lot higher. According to “Were the Witch-Hunts in Premodern Europe Misogynist”, many records omit the deaths of women who were starved to death in prisons, with many others murdered while imprisoned with their deaths being blamed on demonic interventions. Once accused, the women faced degrading sexual treatments, often being stripped naked while their entire body was violently searched for “the mark of the devil”, with the mark being anything from an oversized birthmark to... [continues]
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