Thursday, October 11, 2007

Should we ignore 32,000 abused children?

According to this report from the Guardian, the FGM "at-risk" population in the UK is now 21,000. And there are a likely 11,000 existing victims. Is the government's policy of funding more faith schools including Muslim ones going to help? I don't see why we don't just provide annual health screenings to all children which include checking for evidence of FGM as standard. But if protecting the health of our children is too much to ask, why not just screen those from at-risk communities. It's a shame to have to single people out, but not as much of a shame as going away on holiday only to discover Granny's going to have your clitoris removed.

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