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Zero tolerance against female genital mutilation in Gloucestershire - council campaign

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

Councillor Dorcas Binns insists the council will do all it can to stamp out FGM

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Injuries related to female genital mutilation will now be recorded by doctors in Gloucestershire in a bid to secure prosecutions.

Gloucestershire County Council is stepping up its activity to raise awareness, investigate concerns and secure prosecutions as part of a zero tolerance campaign.

Councillors voted unanimously to monitor injuries suffered by victims and to determine what steps are being taken to stop the practice from happening to children in Gloucestershire.

A multi-agency approach to FGM is being taken, involving education, health and local authorities, the police and the crown prosecution service to share data and raise awareness. By September all acute hospitals will have to report data to the Department of Health.

Councillor Dorcus Binns (Cons) said: “Like every form of child abuse, this council will do everything in its power not just to stamp it out, but to see those who commit or facilitate it sent to prison for as long as possible. Whether child abuse is based on someone’s negligence, someone’s perverted desires, or someone’s backward cultural beliefs makes no difference to me and it makes no difference to this council.”

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 21 2014, 4:53PM

    All well and good, Dorcas, but really, this is a bit out of your league. Stick with mending the roads and getting the street lights to work, eh? Once you and your fellow councillors can get that right, perhaps you can move up a level.

  • supernova1  |  March 21 2014, 10:34AM

    Totally agree, FGM is probably one of the worst crimes one 'human' can do to another. But hold on, we are told this is a cultural/religious thing. And we are told to 'embrace' cultural differences. I'm playing devil's advocate here, because you cannot defend this position, but when we allow convicted rapists and murderers to stay here, because they have married over here, or they will get tortured back home, or because they have a cat(!), how can we possible move on this? Common sense, which used to be the mainstay of this country up until about 1970 has all but gone. We are no longer in control of our judiciary, our borders, our language etc. We are attacked on all sides from the PC brigade, the EU, the European Court of 'uman rites', minority groups, etc etc. If FGM was even mentioned in the same sentence as Islam, or any other religion, the speaker would be accused of being racist etc, etc, etc. And seeing as Councillor Binns is saying 'A multi-agency approach to FGM is being taken', there is definitely no hope. Remember EVERY serious case study review has said EXACTLY those few damning words as an excuse for no-one taking ANY action or leadership in the cases or Baby Peter, Victoria Columbié, and many, many others. It needs the Police to be the main drivers in all of these cases, with everyone reporting to them at the top of the pyramid, instead of all of the agencies running around in circles, literally.

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  • Richardburton  |  March 20 2014, 5:49PM

    And about time too, perhaps they also need to put posters up in women's toilets and perhaps schools just to inform the girls this is not right! Second thoughts put some posters up in the mens toilet s as well and anywhere else these males go!

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