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3 Survivors Reveal The Brutal Reality Of Female Genital Mutilation

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NAROK, KENYA - DECEMBER 25: Lato Caroline Gilisho, 17, sobs after recalling her story inside a dormroom at the Tasaru Safehouse for Girls December 25, 2006 in Narok, Kenya. The Tasaru Safehouse supports board, lodging and education of young Maasai girls from preteens to late teens who seek refuge from female circumcision and early marriage. In 2001, the Kenyan government passed the Children's Act which highlights the right of a child to receive an education. It also issues a ban on what is now r | Marvi Lacar via Getty Images

During the summer months, while many families take vacations or usher their children off to camp, thousands of girls here in the U.S. are being sent overseas for what’s sold to them as a “rite of passage.”

According to the AHA Foundation, up to 228,000 girls and women in the U.S. are vulnerable to what’s called “vacation cutting,” when parents send their daughters to stay with their families abroad and to endure female genital mutilation (FGM). Even more women living here have been victims as children. Before immigrating to the U.S., they were subjected to the abuse that affects 125 million females worldwide.

Read the whole story at Cosmopolitan Magazine

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