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Veiled Pain: A study in the Netherlands on the psychological, social and relational consequences of female genital mutilation.

Veiled pain is the result of exploratory research into the psychological, social and relational consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM). The research took place between January - July 2009 and aims to improve the (psychosocial) treatment of victims of FGM living in the Netherlands. The Netherlands count some 56,000 girls and women who run the risk of being or have been circumcised. 25,000 of them are under 20 years of age. Estimates vary, but it is assumed that around fifty girls are subjected to the ritual every year. Although neither the Quran nor the Bible prescribe FGM as a religious duty, many people in the risk countries believe it is a religious requirement. In addition, many are of the opinion that circumcised girls have a better chance of finding a suitable husband, will remain a virgin until their wedding and will remain faithful to their husband afterwards. People also feel that FGM contributes to creating of a sense of identity for both women and men, and that it provides women with status in their community.

A summery of the research is also available.

Added: February 5, 2015
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