NSPCC launches helpline to protect girls from female genital mutilation

24 Jun
NO FGM Symbol - Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

NO FGM Symbol – Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (Photo credit: BlatantWorld.com)

Extracted from the Guardian
” Research reveals more than 70 women and girls seek treatment every month after undergoing illegal procedure, likely to be a fraction of the true figure.

After research found that more than 1,700 victims were referred to specialist clinics in the past two years, likely to be a fraction of the true figure for women affected.

In one of the most significant developments in efforts to combat FGM in recent years, the helpline will provide a means to tackle this form of “complex and secretive abuse”, said Lisa Harker, the NSPCC’s head of strategy.

FGM – a dangerous procedure that involves the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs – is common in some African, Asian and Middle Eastern communities in the UK.

Carried out in secret and often without anaesthetic, FGM has been illegal since 1985 but there has never been a prosecution over it in the UK.

Contact the 24-hour helpline at 0800 028 3550 or at fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk

Full article:

NSPCC launches helpline to protect girls from female genital mutilation | Society | The Guardian

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