Dichotomy of Protecting Children With Torture


Traditional breast ironing is ‘loving’ child abuse.

A Pubescent Horror


Return home to experience abuse or remain in the streets and become the subject of violent sexual assault? This is the tortuous dilemma of many pubescent girls in parts of the West African nations of Guinea-Bissau, Chad, Togo, and Beni. Most prevalently, Cameroon estimates 24 percent of girls experience breast ironing.

Immigration brings victims to new continents. The UN estimates, up to 3.8 million girls worldwide are affected, including an estimated 1000 in Britain. The similarly horrific practice of female genital mutilation generally occurs once, perhaps followed later by a ceremonious slitting to conceive and perhaps another to give birth.

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Kevin Williams is a health advocate, artist, pro­gram­mer, and writer of hundreds of articles for multiple web­sites. He has 17 years experi­ence as a Neutrogena Research and Scientific Affairs graphics con­sul­tant.

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