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.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. However… FGM is child abuse. It’s dangerous and a criminal offence.
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. Call 0800 028 3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information taken from NSPCC
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