Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals are intentionally cut, injured or changed, but where there is no medical purpose for this to be done. FGM is typically carried out on young girls between infancy and the age of 15, most commonly before puberty starts. It is very painful and can seriously harm the health of women and girls. It can also cause long-term problems with sex, childbirth and mental health.
Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse, it is dangerous and a criminal offence. It is also a criminal offense to carry out vaginal tattoos and piercings on children under the age of 18.
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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is illegal in England and Wales under the FGM Act 2003. It is a form of child abuse and violence against women. FGM comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.
The National Society for The Protection of Cruelty to Children advises supports and offers information on all aspects of child abuse and support, including FGM.
Provides support for victims and advice for agencies. Halo work with our partner organisations, public bodies and other services to enable the best possible protection and safety from harm for victims of any age or gender. Our first priority is to keep you safe from perpetrators of honour based violence, forced marriage and FGM. We also have experience in helping people who are victims of trafficking, sham marriages and domestic violence.
Pharmacist Support is an independent charity set up to provide help and support to pharmacy students, pre-registration (pharmacist) trainees, pharmacists, retired pharmacists and their families in times of need.