Germany

Whoever believes that female genital mutilation in Germany, and also Europe, 

is a “side issue” cannot be more wrong:

- Up to 50,000 girls in Germany alone are at risk (see here)

- Particularly in the high-risk groups (those originating in Somalia, Ethiopia, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Gambia, and many more, where there is a 70% rate of female genital mutilation) up to an unbelievable 80% of girls, mostly during “holiday trips” to their homelands, are abused in this way.

- Because those committing these crimes, and the parents and other family members who instigate the acts, escape prosecution, the result is huge numbers of victims who receive no protection.

- This is due to the fact that because of doctor/patient confidentiality, a doctor who discovers evidence of genital mutilation can take no action, or inform the social services.

- There are some cases where girls are protected by a court order (text in German)  in their home country but this does not prevent parents taking their daughters to a foreign country for genital mutilation.

- Ministries or politicians have as yet not provided an appropriate solution. Even the planned change to criminal law will not achieve any improvement due to a lack of framework conditions. more…

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