“America is the home of the brave and the land of the free. When people seek haven in America, they can be assured that they can be free from the oppression that they are escaping from. This oppression also includes female genital mutilation.” — Mary Franson, Minnesota state representative
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and there is one type of violence that too many Americans — including lawmakers — aren’t aware of or don’t recognize as a real threat to women and girls in this country. Female genital mutilation (FGM), the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia for non-medical reasons, as defined by the World Health Organization, is happening in the United States and putting American girls at risk.
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Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense