Female genital cutting, also known as FGC, is a worldwide practice that transcends different cultures and religions and must be approached with cultural and ethical sensitivity. Non-consensual FGC is a human rights violation. In the U.S. specifically, an estimated 500,000 girls are either at risk for or have had some form of genital cutting.
Although some women choose to alter their genitals for religious, cultural or aesthetic purposes, there are many women who have been forced to undergo this operation against their will. This describes a clear distinction between consensual and non-consensual genital alteration.
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