Survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM) in West Yorkshire have spoken out about the pain and suffering they have endured in a bid to encourage other women to get help.
The practice affects thousands of women and girls in our region – many of East and West African heritage – despite having been illegal in the UK for decades.
Now the Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group is urging them to access services at a specialist clinic – known as the Blossom Clinic – and has started a campaign to publicise the help available.
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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