Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure to deliberately remove the external female genitals. FGM is a form of child abuse. FGM is a harmful practice that isn't required by any religion and there are no religious texts that say it should be done. There are no health benefits of FGM.
It is estimated that around 65,000 girls are at risk of FGM in the UK. It mostly affects girls up to 15 years old.
It is usually carried out without anaesthetic or consent. FGM can cause serious harm, including:
The UK law
FGM is illegal in the UK. Anyone who performs FGM can face up to 14 years in prison and anyone guilty of failing to protect a girl from FGM can face up to seven years in prison. It is an offence to:
Help and Support
If you feel that you or someone you know is at risk of FGM, you can:
If you've had FGM, you can get help from a healthcare professional. The closest FGM clinic is at Liverpool Women's Hospital.
Liverpool Women's Hospital
Read more about NHS Female genital Mutilation (FGM)
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