Female Circumcision, FGM and Cutting

FGM, sometimes referred to as female circumcision, is when a girl’s genitals (private parts) are altered or removed.

What is FGM?

FGM is done for a number of cultural, religious and social reasons. It can cause long-lasting damage as well as ongoing emotional distress.

It is against the law in the UK.

The operation is usually done by someone who doesn’t have any medical training. Girls are given no anaesthetic, no antiseptic treatment and are often forced to keep still.  The cutting is made using tools such as a knife, pair of scissors, scalpel, glass or razor blade.

Telling someone helps!

Where can I go for help?