Female Genital Mutilation
What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?
Female Genital Mutilation is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It’s also known as female circumcision, cutting or sunna.
Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse. It’s dangerous and a criminal offence.
There are no medical reasons to carry out FGM. It doesn’t enhance fertility and it doesn’t make childbirth safer. It is used to control female sexuality and can cause severe and long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health.
This information has been taken from the NSPCC website. Find out more by watching this short video:
Source “NSPCC” Published on 2 Jun 2014
Are you worried about Female Genital Mutilation/FGM?
Call the NSPCC FGM helpline if you’re worried you or someone you know is at risk of, or has had, FGM.
It’s free, anonymous and the NSPCC are here 24/7.
Source”FORWARDuk”Published on 11 Jun 2015
This page was last updated on September 8, 2017