This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

Comment

← Stop female genital mutilation in the UK! - Avaaz.org petition

VrijVlinder's Avatar Jump to comment 30 by VrijVlinder

@Comment 25 by EvNA as to VrijVlinder’s suggestion that “guidance” refers to tact. Again, I do not think so. There are guidance notes for child abuse already. Why should this barbaric practise be seen as anything but child abuse?

Well consider that most child abuse is only detected after the fact. In this case it is imperative to get to the child in time to stop this from happening.

A child in that circumstance likely has been brainwashed that it is a common thing to have done. So it is unlikely they will step forward voluntarily . In this case the teacher would have to intrude before any abuse has happened. Not to minimize child rape etc. However how do you explain to a 9 year old that her clitoris might be cut off and why that is a bad thing?

If it is hard for parents to talk to their children about sexuality and their genitals how can a teacher deal with the subject matter without a criteria to follow.

There must be some psychological guidance as to how to proceed . We want these girls to ask for the help they need not to make the practice go further underground.

Tue, 05 Jun 2012 19:56:26 UTC | #945747