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Clitoral Reconstruction Surgery – HOPE for Survivors of FGM

Clitoral Reconstruction Surgery – HOPE for Survivors of FGM

By: F.A. Cole (April 1, 2018)

 

As a survivor of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) I am daily reminded of that dreadful eve thirty three years ago. Yes, I will never be the same. However, I am not the girl I was twenty years ago. On August 1st, 1984 my clitoris was forcefully amputated… On September 21st, 2017 (at age 44) I had clitoral reconstruction surgery. Even though the surgery was a success (thanks be to God) I am not as I was before the eve of August 1st, 1984.

Yes, I have been #ReUNITeD with my clitoris (new toy) and I can tell she’s there because she’s been speaking to me in ways I never knew existed because before I could learn about her, she was taken from me… I am thankful to have had this surgery which was sponsored by Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation. I have been sharing my very personal journey of recovery to sensitize other survivors and eventually raise funds for those who might be interested in reconstruction.

Every woman, born with a clitoris but never had the opportunity to enjoy it, because at a tender age she was subjected to (in my mind) the worse form of sexual violence – FGM should be given the option to: be #ReUNITeD with her “toy”…

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