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Submitted by Humberto Turpo Huaman on

Estimates about the extent of honor violence in Western countries like the United States and Canada vary, primarily because these abuses often take place behind closed doors, and victims usually experience tremendous pressure from their families to remain silent. But we know that as many as a quarter of a million American girls and women have either suffered or are at risk of FGM – and the number of at-risk individuals actually increased by 35 percent between 1990 and 2000. Although most Western societies have outlawed FGM, the law can be circumvented through practices like “vacation cuttings,” where families take their daughters abroad to have the procedure performed.

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