Female genital mutilation is :
- child abuse
- sexual abuse
- grievous bodily harm
Female genital mutilation cannot be excused for either cultural or religious reasons.
- It is a crime to intend to carry out female genital mutilation.
- It is a crime to make preparations or plans to carry out female genital mutilation.
- If the police receive a call for a child in danger of FGM they must take it seriously.
- It is also vital that the police deal sensitively and appropriately with the reporter and the family.
- It is important that the process of reporting the crime is facilitated so that the person reporting does not give up.
- If a person calls and wants to make an anonymous report, they must be assured of the discretion of the police in dealing with the report.
- It is highly likely that the person making the report could be attacked, ostracised or abused for calling the police.
- The evidence of a child in danger of FGM may be limited.
- Do not hesitate to apply the child protection processes in your state which may provide protection
If a girl is taken from Australia for FGM then this becomes an Australian Federal Police matter
If a girl:
– has a mother who has had female genital mutilation
– has a sister who has female genital mutilation
– has a father from an FGM affected community
– is being taken for a “holiday” to an FGM affected country
– is being visited by elder relatives from a country affected by FGM-
then she is in serious danger of FGM.
Child protective orders can be served to protect a girl who may have any of the above.