April 2019

Lasting Trauma of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)

Written by Lisa Fontes

The trauma from FGM/C lasts throughout the lives of women and their communities. Let us not kid ourselves into thinking of FGM as a neutral or positive cultural practice: girls hemorrhage to death, and endure crippling infections for months or years after the cut.

Even when the outcome is relatively “smooth,” the physical and psychological effects continue throughout a woman’s life—affecting her, her intimate partner, and entire communities*.