FGM 'has not been taken seriously enough in Britain'

Authorities have failed to take the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) seriously enough, a campaigner has warned.

According to Efua Dorkenoo, director of Equality Now, many professionals regard this as a "cultural practice".

Speaking to the Express, she said this has made them hesitant to address it, as they believe they may be accused of being racist.

However, Ms Dorkenoo stated that FGM is a form of child abuse, which means more needs to be done to eradicate it.

"In all instances children experience confusion, guilt, fear and anxiety," she commented.

"The victim is silenced and any sense of entitlement to her natural sexuality is removed forever."

FGM has already been condemned by the World Health Organization as a violation of the human rights of females.

The group believes victims of the procedure are especially likely to endure infertility and infection in later life, as well as complications during childbirth.

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