Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's not a Cultural Issue

Female Genital Mutilation is real, is awful, and happens in the United States. Over half a million girls are at risk in our country, with the greatest concentration of at-risk girls living in otherwise cosmopolitan states California and New York.

The practice wasn't outlawed in this country until 1996, but even so doesn't often get prosecuted because people simply don't think it happens here. When confronted with FGM, especially so-called vacation cutting, wherein the girl is transported overseas for the procedure usually during school vacation, social workers feel they can't say or do anything, because it is a Cultural Issue.

It's not a Cultural Issue. It's abuse. Period.

Spread the word.