In Order to Eradicate FGM, We Must First Understand It

FGM is Occurring Right Now, to a Young Girl, Down the Street from You

Dr. Nargawala in US Federal Court Getting OFF SCOT-FREE

Sometimes it is hidden away in a local basement by someone untrained in medicine, other times it is done in a sterile medical clinic by a trained doctor, like what happened recently with Dr. Nagawala of Michigan. Recently, Dr. Nagawala was caught mutilating hundreds of little girls in a medical clinic, at night, where no one could hear the screams, and got off SCOT-FREE (1st Email)!

 

They could prove the cutting happened with visual scars on the little girls genitals, and they STILL let her walk!

Vacation Cutting

There is even a term for it. FGM is happening to little girls who go on vacation. Imagine being told you are going back home to see all your aunts and uncles and cousins and grandparents.

A moment of excitement in a child’s life, only to suffer the most horrendous pain and torture of genital mutilation at the hands of the people who are supposed to love and protect her! Then on the way home, they tell the little girls that they will be severely punished if they tell anyone.

Whether we hide our heads in the sand or not, Female Genital Mutilation is happening to US citizens. Without a coordinated, educational outreach FGM will only increase as FGM cultures continue to grow within and migrate to the US, especially since the only case ever prosecuted was recently thrown out of court.

The WHO estimates, currently over 513,000 little girls currently living in the US are in danger of FGM. Do you really think it is not happening down the road from you?

Because this is happening so close to home, we must educate ourselves on this issue. In this email we will discuss the different classifications of FGM. Our 4th email will concern the cultural reasons FGM occurs and still persists. In our 5th email we discuss proven and effective strategies to eradicate FGM from the face of this planet and in fact, protect all children from harmful, unnecessary, painful genital cutting.

We have the opportunity to protect these girls and break harmful cultural practices, but will we? What if we do nothing? What if YOU do nothing?

Will it be her parents fault? Her parents do not understand this like we do. Sometimes all that is needed is a little education and love. So many of these girls can be protected if we start to raise awareness of the harms of genital cutting.

Now is the time to do something, here, in America. Let’s educate our neighbors and help them to break harmful cultural cycles! 

If mothers and fathers learn the truth, that this is harmful, we can help them break these cycles! Contrary to Western myths most parents do not do this to harm their children, or to control their sexuality, even if that is what is happening. We must understand WHY they are doing it in order to help them end it, which is why you have to read the next email and why we need to educate OURSELVES and others!

Lets learn about the Different Types of FGM:

While it can be argued that there is more damage caused by more extreme forms of FGM, it must be recognized that even the ritual nick to drawl blood is a crime against all humanity and must be opposed by all people of good conscious. 

We are talking about puncturing the genitals of small children, who depend on adults and must be protected from religious, cultural or pseudo-medical harm in order for society to be healthy. As was mentioned in our previous article, the worse scar of FGM is in the mind of the victim, even if they don’t recognize the harm, which makes it even worse.

The World Health Organization or WHO recognizes four types of FGM. Different societies do different forms of FGM and it may help to have prior knowledge of the various types of FGM and where they are common when dealing with migrant populations.

Type I FGM is cutting of the clitoral hood and/or the external clitoris. It is important to understand that Type I consists of two distinct forms of FGM. Type IA is removal of the clitoral hood or hoodectomy. Type IB is removal of the external part of the clitoris. Since Type IB is removal of the external clitoris it could be considered more harmful then Type IIA and maybe even Type IIB.

FGM Type II also has two sub categories. FGM Type IIA is complete or partial removal of the labia minora. FGM Type IIB is partial or complete removal of the labia majora and minora.

The third, FGM Type III, estimated at 10-15% of FGM cases is a horrific form of genital mutilation known as infibulation or sewing shut the severed sides of the labia to create a small vaginal opening.

Type III is often the most traumatic with the worst long term effects as tearing might be necessary for sexual penetration or giving birth. Often mutilated woman are forced to be resewn after being ripped apart during child birth or even from intercourse. This is called reinfibulation and is a horrific experience for these girls and can have dramatically damaging effects including death and miscarriage.

Type IV includes all other forms of FGM including the ritual nick, cauterization, cutting the vagina (gishiri cutting), or chemical burns.

Currently there are over 200 million victims of FGM living in the world today. While FGM is far more common in certain cultures, FGM occurs in all areas of the earth and even occurred in the US in the past. More recently in an embarrassing blunder the American Academy of Pediatrics was considering allowing ritual cutting without amputation until backlash from rational, clear headed people shut them down.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS… “I am a white American, non-Muslim woman who was circumcised as a toddler by the same pediatrician that circumcised my brothers and at the same hospital at which I was born. I have no clitoral hood and only a V shaped scar and the tiniest bit of inner labia they were kind enough to leave behind.” ~Anonymous

America’s forgotten history of female circumcision
https://sites.google.com/site/completebaby/female
AAP Retracts Controversial Policy on Female Genital Cutting

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/722840

Group backs ritual ‘nick’ an female circumcision option
https://mobile.nytimes.com/2010/05/07/health/policy/07cuts.html?referer=http://m.facebook.com
Fact Sheet by WHO on FGM
https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/female-genital-mutilation

 

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