A human rights activist relayed the “demonic” experience of female genital mutilation (FGM) she underwent to a small crowd Thursday night at George Washington University.
Anti-FGM activist F.A. Cole spoke about her personal experience at “Understanding FGM/C in the U.S,” a six-person panel discussing the trauma associated with FGM, how to prevent it, and how to help women heal from their physical and emotional wounds.
Cole underwent FGM at the age of 11 when her stepmother took her and her 13-year-old sister to get cut. The procedure was done in a hut in the forest, Cole recounted to the audience, where the female cutters prepared for the procedure by heavily drinking and offering sacrifices to their gods.