An Ethiopian immigrant was convicted Wednesday of the genital mutilation of his 2-year-old daughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in what was believed to be the first such criminal case in the United States.I used to have a friend in Nashville who did a great deal of research on female genital circumsion. The psychological effects, the infection that would set in and the absolute loss to have any sexual pleasure, with those who do this deliberately wanting women not to have any pleasure what so ever in the sexual act is devastating.This girl was two years old. Its horrendous. But there's more.
Khalid Adem, 30, was found guilty of aggravated battery and cruelty to children. Prosecutors said he used scissors to remove his daughter's clitoris in his family's Atlanta-area apartment in 2001. The child's mother, Fortunate Adem, said she did not discover it until more than a year later.
Adem, who had no criminal record, could have been sentenced to up to 40 years in prison. He held his face in his hands and wept loudly after the jury's verdict was read.
During her father's trial, the girl, now 7, clutched a teddy bear as she testified on video tape that her father "cut me on my private part."
The practice crosses ethnic and cultural lines and is not tied to a particular religion. Activists say it is intended to deny women sexual pleasure. In its most extreme form, the clitoris and parts of the labia are removed and the labia that remain are stitched together.
Since 2001, the State Department estimates that up to 130 million women worldwide have undergone circumcision.
130 MILLION Women since 2001. My friends research was most telling. This is an apalling practice where the young women have no say so in the "procedure."
Awful. Absolutely awful.
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