Ayaan Hirsi Ali, despite her vilifiication by some, persists in spreading the word about the relentless coercion of Moslem women to conform to the patriarchal dictates of their families, even in the US. Here is a shocker from her Foundation's latest e-newsletter:
Today is the first day of summer, and it's prime time for girls to be subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) or forced marriage, either here in the
Does this really happen in the
There are numerous reports of girls being taken out of school in the
Research conducted by the African Women's Health Center of the Brigham and Women's Hospital found that approximately 228,000 women and girls in the U.S. have either suffered the procedure or are at risk of FGM, a number that increased by approximately 35% between 1990 and 2000.
Because the procedure can have very serious health complications, summer is the optimum time for families to have their daughters cut as they will not be missed from school. Recovery can take the entire summer and may cause complications for the girls entire life. Numerous authorities suspect that the actual numbers are far higher, though there have been few reported cases of FGM being performed in the
Currently, it is not a crime to take your daughter abroad to undergo FGM. Representatives
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