Like hate crime and domestic violence, FGM is another substantially under-reported and therefore often unpunished crime, making it impossible to measure accurately. Not understanding or communicating with our hard to reach communities can lead to ‘hidden harm’, crimes concealed behind barriers of fear, threat and violence.
The Commissioner has made tackling FGM a priority and in 2016/7 awarded Nottinghamshire charity Mojatu Foundation £15,000 to support survivors. The charity works with African and Caribbean communities focusing on the empowerment of girls, women and young people through community engagement, media, education and health.
Female Genital Mutilation comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (World Health Organisation). It is also sometimes referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision. There are no health benefits to FGM and it is recognised internationally as a human rights violation. The Department of Health considers it a form of sexual abuse and it is illegal in this country.
If you, or you think someone you know, is at risk, you should report it. For useful contact details please click HERE