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Female Genital Mutilation is a dangerous and excruciating procedure practiced by varied cultures which poses both physical and psychological dangers on its victims It can be defined as the partial or total removal of the female genitalia Approximately 135 million girls and women have endured female genital mutilation already and an additional two million each year are at risk of being mutilated wwwamnestyorg The type of mutilation practised the age at which it is carried out and the way in which it is done varies wwwamnestyorg Essentially girls have no choice in the decision to be operated on since it is done when they are young and they are not able to give their consent wwwartsunimelbeduau and are left with multiple and severe physical and psychological health consequences as a result wwwfgmorg Originating in Africa wwwreligioustoleranceorg evidence of female genital mutilation can be found on Egyptian mummies dating back several thousands of years wwwfgmorg It is still practiced extensively in Africa and next in some countries in the Middle East It has also been reported in countries such as Australia Canada Denmark France Italy the UK and the USA In industrialized countries it is rare for girls or female infants to be operated on by doctors from their community but more commonly traditional practicers are brought into the country or the girls are sent abroad to be mutilated wwwamnestyorg Female Genital Mutilation is not practiced by any particular religion it is done most often for cultural beliefs wwwreligioustoleranceorg Muslims Christians Jews and Animists alike practice female genital mutilation wwwfgmorg There are an abundance of reasons for practicing female genital mutilation and none seem worth the consequences in both the ordeal and aftermath of the operation The most common reason appears to be that it is a method of reducing the sexual response of women in order to make them less likely to become sexually active before marriage or to seek an extra-marital affair after marriage
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