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PCC and Chief Constable to see ground-breaking FGM play


'My Normal Life' a play by young people from Integrate Bristol

Young people confront Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in a ground-breaking play to be seen by Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Nick Gargan on Saturday June 29.

Sue Mountstevens and Nick Gargan will attend ‘My Normal Life’, a play about female genital mutilation (FGM) and violence against women and girls at The Station in Bristol.

The play was written and will be performed by young people from Integrate Bristol to discuss the illegal activity that is FGM and sexual and domestic violence towards women and girls.

Tackling violence against women and children is one of the PCC’s key priorities highlighted in the Police and Crime Plan and forms the heart of the work carried out by many specialist organisations across Avon and Somerset.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I think it is fantastic that so many young people are getting involved in a project like this and raising the awareness and understanding of Female Genital Mutilation. FGM is an illegal and violent form of child abuse that has lifelong health and emotional implications and the unacceptable act is something that is rarely talked about. 

“For the young people to broach and tackle such a mature and sensitive topic is a really powerful message for all those that are at risk or have been victims of FGM. Potential or active perpetrators should also receive the strong message that FGM will not be tolerated. It is imperative that we continue to work together to continue raising awareness.”

Avon and Somerset Constabulary FGM lead, Detective Inspector Katie Boxer said: “FGM is a form of child abuse that can have significant long term effects on victims and it is important we all work together to eradicate it. Events like this highlight just how important the issue is to many women and girls in our communities.

“We continue to support the work they and our partners do and feel education is the key to prevention.

"FGM is often not spoken about but it should be as it is a very serious crime and we will act promptly where concerns are raised and where there is evidence of any crime we will act to enforce the law”.

The play follows the NSPCC launch of the FGM Helpline (June 24) with the aim of improving the safeguarding of children in the UK by increasing the detection and protection of children at risk or who have become victims of FGM. 

The helpline will operate 24/7 and will be staffed by specially trained child protection helpline counsellors who can offer advice, information and assistance to members of the public and to professionals.

Contact details for the helpline are as follows: 0800 0283550 or email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk

‘My Normal Life’ will take place at The Station, Silver Street, Bristol and doors open at 13:00 with a panel discussion at 16:00 to take place after the play. If you would like to attend the event tickets can be reserved at www.integratebristol.org.uk

For more information about FGM visit http://www.bava.org.uk/types-of-abuse/female-genital-mutilation/

FGM is a crime and concerns/ crimes in relation to this issue should be reported to the Police by calling 999. For further advice and guidance on FGM you can also contact Avon and Somerset Police Public Protection Unit by calling 101.


Posted on Friday 28th June 2013
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