Female genital mutilation, the practice of removing a girl’s clitoris or the clitoral hood as a virginity preservation measure, typically comes up amid the problems plaguing developing countries. But a new report by ABC News shows it’s also a reality for girls in the U.S. FGM comes with frightening implications for a girls’ future, including infertility, bladder infections, decreased sexual pleasure, and complications during childbirth. And many girls born and raised in the United States are also subjected to the barbaric practice. One woman profiled by ABC News, Sarah, was subjected to FGM in India at the age of 7. Sarah, now in her thirties, was born in Iowa and raised in California, and was on vacation in India when her mother took her to undergo the procedure. She goes into chilling detail about what she remembers from that day. Sarah reveals that her sister underwent the procedure in the U.S., despite the fact that the practice was criminalized in 1996. As more and more people emigrate to the United States and bring their cultural practices with them, the number of young American girls experiencing FGM either in the United States or abroad is on the rise, which ABC News chronicles in great detail.
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