I'm wondering if female genital mutilation is considered something that is under the "mandatory reporting laws." I recently started volunteering for an organization that follows ALL mandatory reporting laws (and I am not at liberty to say which organization, although I wish I could!!!.....) As we were discussing mandatory reporting, I asked the question, "Do we consider female genital mutilation something that would be mandatory to report as abuse?"....to which the response was, "I don't know, I'll have to follow up with our attorneys on that."

My heart started racing really fast and I got extremely upset. I didn't say anything, but to me that's basically her dodging my question. I'll let you all know what she says because she's promised to follow up with me, but I am genuinely appauled.....just appauled that it was not a "YES ABSOLUTELY that's reported!!!" response.

No excuse.

I'm thoroughly disgusted.

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I'm wondering if female genital mutilation is considered something that is under the "mandatory reporting laws."

If I were a child care worker or nurse and noticed a girl had FGM performed on her, I would certainly be reporting it.

just appauled that it was not a "YES ABSOLUTELY that's reported!!!" response.

It's probably not covered in mandatory reporting training but I don't see why it wouldn't be a mandatory report. Isn't FGM classified as child abuse to civilised countries? Mandatory reporting should cover any and all evidence of any and all abuse (imo at least).

It Should be considered abuse, but the Fact that she "didn't know" is......very concerning to me.

I imagine if she was confronted with an actual case, she would figure it out pretty quickly.

That's not good enough for me...she pissed off the WRONG person! I AM going to make sure this gets dealt with.

Yes, if it's not covered in the mandatory reporting training, it probably should be. I guess the biggest question is: who do you need to contact to get all training providers to cover FGM.

Worst case scenario: FGM isn't even covered by mandatory reporting, in which case I guess whoever legislates those laws needs to be contacted, probably the same people you would need to contact to get it included in the training.

In any case, I hope you get it sorted... anyone who needs to mandatory report should at least be aware of the things they need to report about.

As far as I know (I'm an anti FGM activist)...it is not only an offense if you do it in any Western country...but its also illegal to take a girl to another country to chop off her vagina. You will be arrested if found out (the only country I'm not sure of is the US).

FGM is not well understood. It ranges from a full out vagina extraction and sew up job, to a symbolic prick with a needle (no damage). There is a lot of in between. It is all horrid..though some are more horrific than others. I wouldn't shed a tear for parents who were thrown in prison for butchering their child and scarring them psychologically, sexually and destroying their sense of autonomy and dignity. The girl must be held down and she screams in agony and suffers intensely for weeks and often has some pain for the rest of their lives.

Male genital mutilation is not as bad (on the whole) but there are still notable complications ranging from less stimulating sex to complete inability to achieve orgasm. Then it only gets worse. Penile infection, painful urination and even excision.

In the EU the answer is very clear and most countries enforce these las. if you don't report it (even the plan to do it) you are culpable. Ive never heard of a nurse being obliged to report it years after it happened (though I would). It should be the same with male genital mutilation but alas...this religious barbarity lives on. Of course it should be reported.

RE: As far as I know (I'm an anti FGM activist)...it is not only an offense if you do it in any Western country...but its also illegal to take a girl to another country to chop off her vagina. You will be arrested if found out (the only country I'm not sure of is the US).

It wouldn't surprise me if (yet again) we're behind the rest of the world on this. The lady probably didn't even know what FGM was and had to research it. That's probably why she quickly skirted the issue. She's probably never even heard of it....or she would have known the answer to my question.

I've found it a good idea to expect little from NGOs and charities until they demonstrate an impressive and broad knowledge of their cause and can explain in clear words their objectives, methodology, progress and results. Many of my friends entered this world and quit in sheer frustration and anger. A couple are left in very effective Nand successful NGOs. Its really great you are doing this and it makes me happy that there is one more anti-FGM warrior.

"...its also illegal to take a girl to another country to chop off her vagina."

I think you mean clitoris, not vagina.

No. Cutting off the clitoris only is then 4th worst form of female genital mutilation. It gets much worse than that. Savage is the only correct adjective to describe it.

Savage is the only correct adjective to describe it.

You lack imagination, then, but I suspect you really meant that no word kinder than "savage" suffices.

I can think of some phrases that describes it...but not an adjective. For example:

  • child destroying f**kheads
  • helpless little girl butcherers
  • demented sadistic toilet scum
  • a psychotic abuse-culture gone fatally insane

and so on.

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