More than 500,000 women and girls in the U.S. are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation, a barbaric custom long practiced in African and Mid-Eastern countries, but has been illegal in the U.S. for 20 years. Unfortunately, when a nation becomes a melting pot for every culture – regardless of how inhumane their religious practices might be – that nation also becomes a magnate for some truly gruesome behavior.
A report on how often this wicked ritual occurs – and which is now an ugly American reality – was published last January by the Centers for Disease Control, and the numbers of tortured female victims was well beyond previous guesses. The non-profit Population Reference Bureau also revealed that in major cities such as Los Angeles and New York, Washington DC and Minneapolis, some immigrant communities are quietly performing shocking physical abuse behind closed doors.
What do traditional pediatricians and child psychiatrists have to say, after treating victims of this torture? Pretty much nothing.
Female genital mutilation, also called cutting or FGM, involves partial or total removal of the external genitalia for non-medical reasons. About 30% of the estimated 500,000 victims at risk are children. But when have you ever heard your local hospital even mention this subject?
The FBI is actively investigating tips on this uncivilized torture, knowing that medical providers stay silent. They hope victims and community members and medical professionals will come forward and report what they know.
Early last year, the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recognized the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. The United Nations leads the zero-tolerance campaign, and they estimate that at a jaw-dropping 200,000,000 girls and women have undergone FGM worldwide.
Those who support this scourge claim they are following “God-ordained rituals”. But what is really happening, is male-dominant cultures exercising deep-rooted subjugation of females, to the extreme.
In spite of being a crime in the U.S., the practice continues. “We believe some of it is being conducted by physicians, nurses and midwives – and some by female elders within the communities called cutters,” said FBI Special Agent Kerry Sparks, who focuses on FGM cases as part of the FBI’s International Human Rights Unit.
After the U.S. finally made the decision in 1996 to call FGM a crime, many Muslim families started sending their young women back to their home countries to have the procedure done there. In 2012, Congress passed additional legislation – the Transport for Female Genital Mutilation Act – which made “vacation cutting” illegal.
Not that such a law can seriously be enforced. So very, very few arrests ever happen.
In 2005, two Southern California immigrants confessed to charges related to performing FGM on two children. In 2006, an Ethiopian man living in Georgia was convicted on charges of aggravated battery and cruelty to children, for performing FGM on his 2-year-old daughter. But for every arrest made, 100,000 others happen behind closed doors.
Unfortunately, it is a rare occasion when a traditional medical professional steps forward to report this butchery to law enforcement. Most states don’t even have laws against FGM, because the last thing they care to address is widespread immigrant crime.
Our argument here is simple: for medical professionals to tolerate child and women torture, by failure to report what they see, all in the name of “diversity,” is immoral.
(The Department of Justice and the FBI include enforcement of this specific law)
Here are some other reputable, educational sources:
ICE, FBI recognize International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
Video: Department of State IIP: Join the Global Conversation to #endFGM
CDC Report: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States: Updated Estimates of Women and Girls at Risk, 2012 (PDF)
Population Reference Bureau: Women and Girls at Risk of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States
Anyone who has information about an individual who is believed to be involved in the torture of FGM, is urged to submit a tip, to tips.fbi.gov.