Female Genital Mutilation is Not Going Away

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“There are no criminal consequences for the family members, who usually act as instigators.”

This article was originally published in German by tichyseinblick.de. You can read the original here.

Female genital mutilation has been an ongoing concern for many years. The practice  involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice has no health benefits for girls and women. It  also reduces the natural pleasure a woman would feel during the sexual act and can create painful intercourse. 

Canada has had FGM performed inside it’s borders, and many young girls are sent to their country of origin to have the procedure done. 

You can read a report on FGM in Canada here.

A current survey by the Task Force at the associations of statutory health insurance physicians in the federal states on the number of patients with genital mutilation (diagnosis code Z91.7 ) reveals the following facts:

  • In 2019, almost 2,000 patients were diagnosed with genital mutilation in need of treatment. That is almost 40% more than in 2016, when around 1,300 of these diagnoses were made.
  • Almost 200 of the diagnosed victims were underage girls, half of them under the age of 12.
  • A total of more than 530 underage girls have had genital mutilation since 2016, 250 of them younger than 12 years and more than 100 even younger than five years.

These numbers relate exclusively to girls and women who received outpatient care by statutory health insurance providers. Genital mutilation that was found during inpatient stays in hospitals or as part of private medical treatment is not included here.

“What we can see from these figures is only the tip of the iceberg and constitutes perhaps 2% to 5% of the actual mutilation victims who live in our country, because the political leaders do not want complete data collection,” says TaskForce founder Ines Runner.

It was only last month that the Task Force uncovered how Franziska Giffey and her Family Ministry are calculating the problem of genital mutilation in Germany and deceiving the public with far too low numbers .

250 victims under the age of 12 – but no prosecution

According to the estimates of the Task Force, there are more than 20,000 high-risk underage girls and women who come from high-risk countries with a mutilation rate of over 75%, e.g. Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Mali, Somalia and many more. The mutilation is carried out in the countries of origin, but increasingly also in Germany.

“The results of the survey show that hundreds of underage mutilation victims are actually identified by doctors, but – and this is a real scandal – there are no criminal consequences for the family members, who usually act as instigators,” explains Ines Laufer. This is the direct consequence of the politically wanted policy to protect offenders, with which, for decades, the medical profession has been prevented from reporting these acts of violence to the investigative authorities.

Comprehensive protection of children at risk is so simple – the only thing missing is the political will

For over a decade, the TaskForce has been calling for simple and effective comprehensive state protective measures for all girls at risk, such as regular medical health checks and the introduction of mandatory medical reports to the law enforcement authorities if genital mutilation is found on underage victims.

But while taxpayers are being asked to pay for completely ineffective, ineffective “education strategies”, the federal government and parliamentarians continue to refuse to fulfill their mandate to protect the girls at specific risk, and the question arises of how long the public will accept this want. Politicians shy away from protecting girls effectively. In fact, a mostly Muslim special law applies, defended by a large number of migrant associations, against which one no longer dares to proceed. Feminists are very anxious to look the other way because criticism of the mutilation of girls could be seen as criticism of immigration and Islam. The door is now open to the immigration of Stone Age practices and torture from culturally backward countries to Germany.

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