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FGM: a hidden crime.

Community Pract. 2013 Dec;86(12):22-3.

FGM: a hidden crime.

Naughton L.

ABSTRACT

A new report into female genital mutilation (FGM) highlights that, despite the barbaric practice being illegal in the U.K., not one single person has been held to account for their involvement in the act.

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Female genital mutilation and public health: lessons from the British experience

Health Care for Women International. 1998 19(2) 119-129

Female genital mutilation and public health: lessons from the British experience

Elizabeth Thompson Ortiz

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The author addresses the public health policy challenge posed by the increasing numbers of immigrant girls and women in the United States affected by female genital mutilation (FGM), a traditional ritual health practice in which part or all of the external genital structures are removed from females, usually during childhood. The practice is common today in 26 African nations and affects 100 to 126 million women and girls worldwide. The significant lifelong negative health impact of FGM has been documented. Recent developments in British domestic health and social policy are reviewed to provide insights. The definition of FGM, prevalence, health impact, and history of the practice are presented. Implications for the development of health and social services policies and programs in the United States are drawn.

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What is the AAP’s real view on medical involvement in ritual cutting of children?

Lancet. 2010 Oct 9;376(9748):1222; discussion 1222.

What is the AAP’s real view on medical involvement in ritual cutting of children?

Bewley S.

Comment on Lancet. 2010 Jul 3;376(9734):15.

Norra MacReady (July 3, p 15) is incorrect that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) moved quickly to control the damage caused by the toning down of its 1998 policy on female genital mutilation.
The lead author of the revised policy, published on April 26, 2010, posted an e-letter on May 13 defending “the compromise of a ‘nick’”. The following day, the AAP President claimed that the 2010 policy needed to be read to be understood. The AAP did not release a statement saying that it did not end …

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