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Frequently asked questions - I need help

Frequently asked questions - I need help

If you have experienced FGM or are afraid that you are at risk of having FGM performed on you, there are people that can provide help and support, in confidence.

Female Genital Mutilation is child abuse and can have long lasting impacts for survivors.

Myths about FGM

This section outlines some of the myths that lead to FGM being undertaken.

What are the affects of FGM?

FGM has damaging effects on the physical and mental (psychological) health of infants, girls and women at the time of operation and for the rest of their lives.

What is an FGM Protection Order?

An FGM Protection Order is a court order which protects victims or potential victims.

How Common is FGM?

FGM is a hidden crime, so it is difficult to accurately say how common it is.

Is FGM Illegal?

Yes, FGM is illegal and can result in up to 14 years imprisonment.

Who can be affected by FGM?

FGM can happen at any age before getting married or having a baby but most girls are aged 5 to 8. Some girls are babies when FGM is carried out.

What should I do if I think I am at risk of FGM?

If you think you are in immediate danger of being cut or being taken abroad to be cut, you can call the police (dial 999).

What will happen if I call the FGM Helpline?

If you have experienced – or are worried that you are at risk of FGM, then you can call the NSPCC FGM helpline for free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 028 3550.

If you have experienced – or are worried that you are at risk of FGM, then you can call: NSPCC FGM helpline on:

0800 028 3550

(Lines are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are free)

 

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