Help Prevent Female Genital Mutilation in Maine

9/27/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,

An event to raise funds to end Female Genital Mutilation in Maine is coming to Scarborough.

The event is hosted by the Prevent FGM in Maine PAC. It will take place Friday, September, 28th from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm at the Willowdale Golf Course in Scarborough.

FGM survivor, F.A. Cole will be the featured speaker.

Cole testified in favor of a bill by Rep. Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough) that would have banned FGM in the Pine Tree State. During her testimony, Cole fought through a panic attack to share her powerful story about the abuse she suffered and the lengths she’s traveled to recover.

The brave FGM survivor also previously penned a piece for Maine First Media explaining the difference between Female Genital Mutilation and standard male circumcision.

If you are interested in attending, RSVP to [email protected].

This child abuse ritual is mostly associated with some Muslim communities in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It is a prominent practice in Somalia.

Female Genital Mutilation is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. In some cultures, the vulva is sewn shut, only to be ripped open on the woman’s wedding night.

The practice is designed to curb sexual desire in women.

Along with significant health risk to the young girls, women who suffer Female Genital Mutilation are left with life-long physical and emotional scarring.

Unfortunately, Maine House Democrats voted against banning the barbaric practice of FGM during this past legislative session — around the same time, our neighbors in New Hampshire passed an even tougher ban.

Rep. Sirocki is termed out of office, so hopefully, another lawmaker will step up to the plate and introduce and sponsor the ban in 2019.

Maine First Media covered the FGM ban’s trials and tribulations throughout the 2018 session closer than any other news outlet in the state. Below you’ll find links to all of stories regarding the life — and death — of the bill.