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Frequently asked questions - Someone I know needs help

Frequently asked questions - Someone I know needs help

If you know someone who has experienced FGM or are concerned that someone you know is at risk of having FGM performed on them, there are things that you can do to help and people that can provide you with advice 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 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.

What signs and symptoms might I need to look out for?

Due to the intimate nature of FGM and the beliefs of those living in practicing communities, FGM tends not be disclosed.

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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